Campion called for the government to “take proper action” to help our boys and girls when they return home  The retired SAS hero said men and women who have been in the frontline should be prioritised for services such as housing and counselling to help them  Colour sergeant Big Phil, who now works as a security analyst, author and TV pundit, also urged the British public to get behind the armed forces  He was speaking to Daily Star Online as today marks Armed Forces Day, a celebration of Britain’s military past, present and future  Hailing events like today’s celebration, Big Phil called for a national boost to the awareness of the work of soldiers in the Britain    Big Phil told Daily Star Online: “I would never advocate we shelve anyone else, but I think we should prioritise those who have been on the frontline and been protecting our backs for all these years ” He added: “He need to get the point across the wider public about important these people are  “When we come back from places abroad, we have been acting for a democratically elected government on behalf of the people  “People should really get behind our troops because, while there are successes, some guys are suffering ”    Big Phil explained he believes there is a lack of education, especially among the youth about the armed forces and what they do  And despite the problems facing veterans, he would also want to point to the great number of success stories of troops returning to the UK  “I am doing really well,” he said – and pointed to colleagues who have gone to have jobs for life, still serving in the armed forces well into their 50s and 60s  He added: “If you say to kids, I will give you 22-years off the bat, how many organisations would do that?”    Daily Star Online previously revealed holes in the military,including flagging recruitment numbers, but Campion said a drive for new troops must start with the youth  Big Phil explained: “It is down in part to the schools, there should be more involvement from serving soldiers   “Organisations like the cadet force should be more promoted and made more readily available to students in inner city schools  “Generally more awareness about the importance of soldiers and what being in the armed forces entails – that should be related across our youth ”    And with Armed Forces Day today – featuring celebrations across Britain – he also said there needs to be more national celebrations, including a rival of the Royal Tournament   British military servicemen would turn out every year for the event in London, including parades and competitions for servicemen  It was axed in 1999, and had a brief rival as the British Military Tournament from 2010 to 2013  Big Phil said we need to “celebrate the good” in our military, and said there was a level of “ignorance” about the work they do    He told Daily Star Online: “When you look back at World War 2, every small village had a cenotaph and people serving in the military  “It effected everyone in some shape or form, that is not the case these days.

 “A lot of people probably don’t even know a soldier, let alone one who has been injured  “I there is some nativity about what these guys.

” Big Phil added: “The armed forces is the most inclusive organisation, everyone is welcome, gender, race, religion, the armed forces don’t care ”.