Minister salutes work of veterans Scotland and the armed forces and veterans champions

At the Annual General Meeting of Veterans Scotland held at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh today the Veteran's Minister, Keith Brown, paid tribute to the work done by Veterans Scotland and the Armed Forces and Veterans Champions who are working to support military personnel and their families serving in Scotland along with the 400,000 veterans who also live here. The Minister said:

“The work undertaken by Veterans Scotland by both representing the interest of veterans’ organizations across Scotland and to promote support and good practice is invaluable. We will continue to work with them in support of those of whom we ask so much.”

The Minister was also pleased to announce an increase in funding to the Scottish Veterans Fund:

“Today’s announcement by the Scottish Government to substantially increase our financial support available through the Scottish Veterans Fund shows our commitment to our Armed Forces and Veterans in Scotland."  

“This additional funding support to a scheme that has already proved a resounding success with 70 projects delivered across Scotland through funding approaching half a million pounds will make a real difference to those needing additional help, support or advice."

“Each year we allocate £80,000 to the scheme, and today’s announcement that Scottish Ministers have agreed to increase the fund by 50 per cent to £120,000 is further evidence of our wholehearted support for those who have and do serve in our Armed Forces.  This is a considerable and significant increase.  The money will provide even more resources to local and national organizations working to support our veterans."

“The work undertaken by Veterans Scotland by both representing the interest of veterans’ organizations across Scotland and to promote support and good practice is invaluable. We will continue to work with them in support of those of whom we ask so much.”

Veterans Scotland, under the Chairmanship of Colonel (Retired) Martin Gibson, has worked tirelessly to encourage cooperation and support the coordination of the work undertaken by the ex-Service charities in Scotland.  This work supported by the Champions and through engagement with the Scottish Government over the development and delivery of policy and funding which supports the Military community and Veterans in Scotland was the key theme of today’s meeting. Veterans Champions are to be found across our society imbedded with NHS Scotland, local and regional councils, the Department of Work And Pensions and the Prison Service as well as other areas of public service. Colonel Gibson said:

"We welcome this significant increase in funding available to The Scottish Veterans Fund which has already improved the lives of many veterans and their families. Veterans Scotland now intends to focus on ensuring that information on support and advice is readily available to help veterans of all ages, their families and those who strive to assist them; this will include building on the success of the Roadshows throughout the country which enable engagement with local authorities, housing providers, health boards and practitioners, employers, other charities and community organizations.  

We will also promote comradeship activities at a local level, directly benefiting veterans across Scotland, by enabling them to take part in activities to enhance their confidence and well-being, integrate them into local communities and to increase their employment opportunities.

 We are grateful for the close working relationship that we have with the Scottish Government and the Ministers' commitment to our veterans".