Armed Forces and Veterans Champion responds to Scottish Government statement
Graham Ford • Published 10 Sep 2012 13:30
Councillor John Greenwell, Scottish Borders Council's (SBC) Armed Forces and Veterans' Champion, responded to the recent statement by Veterans' Minister Keith Brown on the well being of Scotland's service personnel and veterans:
"Scottish Borders Council has given a strong commitment to the armed forces and its veterans by being one of the first to sign up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant and, as the Armed Forces and Veterans' Champion, I welcome any initiative by the Government to help our veterans.
"It is not easy to locate all of our veterans as soon as they leave the forces as some soldiers leaving the Armed Forces shun the resettlement process for one reason or another and then only hit the radar of local services when they are in need.
"My task, along with other bodies, is to try and reach out to all veterans living in the Scottish Borders and make them aware of what help is available to them through our public services.
"SBC's aim over the next year or so is to run a campaign to make all of our public services such as health, housing and welfare aware of the needs of veterans. We owe that much to the young men and women who have offered their lives in our service in recent conflicts and also to our veterans who did the same in the two world wars to secure our safety."
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