Scotland’s public services will receive help to address the challenges faced by Scotland’s veterans through the creation of a new, pioneering Commissioner.
The Scottish Veterans Commissioner will work with service charities, local authorities and health boards to identify any areas in public services that might provide greater support to veterans and help shape future policy development and opportunities.
The establishment of this new role, which is the first in the UK, reinforces the Scottish Government’s commitment to providing support to the estimated 400,000 ex-service men and women living in Scotland.
In welcoming this development Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said:
“I am delighted that the Scottish Government has announced the creation of the Scottish Veterans Commissioner. This new Commissioner will be a radical innovation, acting as an ambassador for veterans and helping to remove the barriers that prevent ex-servicemen and women from realising their full potential.
“As well as addressing the needs of veterans who are particularly disadvantaged, the Commissioner will develop a wider focus on unlocking the potential of veterans, so that their unparalleled skills and experience can benefit Scotland.
“The pioneering Commissioner will examine the public service landscape at a strategic level, to see what works, what needs to change and to develop new opportunities.
“I know from speaking to constituents who have served on the armed forces as well as family members myself who have also served that they are pleased of the recognition that the Scottish Government has given and will continue to give on veterans issues.