The UK Government has this week announced the creation of a new Office for Veterans’ Affairs, backed up by £5 million of Government funding and lead by Colonel David Richmond CBE.
The new department will be tasked with ensuring that no veteran is left behind after they leave service and will report to Johnny Mercer MP, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. One of its main priorities is to ensure that every single veteran in the UK and their family knows where to turn to access help when required.
Retired Colonel David Richmond CBE, the most senior officer injured in combat in Afghanistan and former Director of Recovery at Help for Heroes, will lead the new office. The Office will work to support the estimated 240,000 veterans living in Scotland.
The move has been warmly welcomed by local MP Kirstene Hair.
Kirstene Hair MP said: “With 45 Commando based at RM Condor, Angus has a significant number of veterans and this new department can make a positive difference to their lives.
“There is a lot of support on offer locally and nationally, with many great charities such as the Royal British Legion Scotland but it’s clear that more needs to be done.
“This Office for Veterans Affairs has been given the task of ensuring that no matter where they live in the UK, all veterans can access support
“Our soldiers do an incredible job to protect us and our nation. The very least we can do is ensure that when they leave the armed forces, they are given the assistance they need.”