The publication of a new strategy for supporting veterans in Scotland has been welcomed today as a positive step forwards.
The post of Scottish Veterans Commissioner was established in 2014 to deliver improved support for veterans in Scotland and the publication of today’s strategy sets out the work that the Commissioner will undertake.
The answer to the Parliamentary Question setting out the strategy also makes clear that housing and employability issues will be prioritised by the Commissioner in 2015.
Commenting, SNP MSP Gil Paterson said:
“The publication of this strategy is a positive step towards improving the support that is offered to veterans in Scotland.
“Making sure that former members of the armed forces get the support and assistance that they deserve is so important and this strategy shows that the Scottish Veterans Commissioner is determined to make a real difference.
“The SNP Government has been determined to provide greater support to the estimated 400,000 ex-service men and women in Scotland, with measures like extending the free bus pass to injured veterans.
“I am sure that the work of the Veterans Commissioner will help to drive further improvement and I very much look forward to that.”