Today we saw the annual Armed Forces and Veterans Champion gathering take place within the Glasgow City Chambers. We were delighted to once again welcome champions from over 75% of our local authorities in Scotland who are committed to ensuring that those leaving the services are not disadvantaged as a result of their service when re-joining their local community.
Veterans Scotland were grateful to the Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow for her continued support for this event. Chris Hughes CBE, Executive Chairman of Veterans Scotland then introduced Graeme Dey , Minister for Veterans who gave the key note address and provided an update on what Scottish Government are doing to support the wider veteran community in Scotland. He further announced the opening of the Scottish Veterans Fund and further details for this is available on the Veterans Scotland website. LINK
We then received a very interesting update from the serving community on the measures that are being put in place to ensure that service leavers are better prepared for their transition back to civilian life.
This was followed by a presentation from The Defence Transition Services (DTS) on the new services that are being put in place to support both service leavers and their families. This also included an update from the Veterans Welfare Services (VWS) on the current support that they offer, and an overview of the services provided by the Navel Families Federation.
The opportunity for the champions to engage and ask a range of questions of those who presented added value to the day and stimulated further discussions.