South Tyneside Council has been awarded a Silver Employer Recognition (ERS) Award for the support it offers its Armed Forces community across the Borough.
The ERS Silver award is given by the Ministry of Defence to employers who support military personnel with the aim of inspiring other organisations to do the same.
The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support military personnel and inspire other organisations to do the same.
The Council pledged its commitment back in December 2011 when it signed the official Armed Services Community Covenant - a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian and local armed forces communities.
Following this the Council has further extended its commitment with the creation of the Armed Forces Forum, offering support to serving and ex-service personnel as well as their families.
The Council also launched its Ex-Service Personnel and Reservists Employment Project, which was developed to promote the benefits of employing ex-military personnel and reservists.
Councillor Ed Malcolm, Chair of South Tyneside Armed Forces Forum, said: "This is excellent news and it highlights our efforts to go above and beyond when it comes to supporting our Armed Forces.
However, we are not complacent and will continue to further strengthen our support to the Borough's military personnel, reservists and their families in order to achieve gold in the future.
"We run a number of campaigns, initiatives and events across the Borough to raise both the profile and the public's awareness of the vital role played by the Armed Forces.
"By pledging our support in this way, we feel that we can recognise the sacrifices our service men and women, and help them with the pressures they and their families can face in adapting back to civilian life.
"We recently appointed an Armed Forces Community Outreach Worker who will strengthen our offer to the Armed Forces by helping them get back into work."
For information about support for the Armed Forces in South Tyneside visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/armedforces or call South Tyneside Council's Customer Contact Centre on (0191) 427 7000 where staff can signpost to the relevant organisation or team.