New Whitehall Veterans Strategy launched

A GROUND-BREAKING strategy to champion the changing needs of the ex-service community has been launched by the Ministry of Defence.

The move will see the creation of a new Veterans Unit with input from across Whitehall, ensuring action to meet the ever-changing needs of veterans.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “We have a golden opportunity to ensure our veterans get a fair deal for their service and sacrifice to our country. The vast majority of those leaving the Armed Forces go on to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives which is a testament to their professionalism and resilience.

“However, for those who need help, it is right that we step forward, create new opportunities and remind them that they are not alone. Everybody across our society has a responsibility to make sure we protect those who protected us.”

Each Government department nominates veteran lead

Each Government department represented was asked to nominate a Minister to lead on veterans issues and the Armed Forces Covenant. Several Government department have appointed a Minister to lead on veterans’ issues and the Armed Forces Covenant to ensure the new Veterans Strategy is implemented across Government.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood said: “I am pleased to have seen real progress, including a significant cross-government effort to ensure our veterans are in no way disadvantaged by their previous career.

“Recent initiatives, such as the Troops to Teachers bursary, the new veterans ID cards and the growing popularity of the Veterans Gateway are all making a practical difference and I look forward to seeing how this new strategy can help build on the Armed Forces Covenant to show that our commitment to our brave men and women lasts long after they have left service.