01 May 2018

Veterans Strategy and new cross-Government Veterans Unit launched

The first ever Veterans Strategy and has been launched to tackle veterans’ homelessness, loneliness, debt problems, and mental health issues.

The ground-breaking strategy has been commissioned by the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, and will see a new Veterans Unit with input from across Whitehall created.

Mr Williamson urged other departments and the devolved administrations to meet the evolving needs of former service personnel from across the UK.

The Defence Secretary announced his new initiatives during a meeting of the Ministerial Covenant and Veterans Board, which was established last year to get the whole of Government behind the Armed Forces Covenant.

Over the next decade, the veterans population will experience a dramatic generational shift from the Second World War and conscripted generation to the younger, all professional cohort both with vastly differing needs. A dedicated team will now begin engaging with stakeholders and the veterans’ community ahead of releasing the strategy in the autumn.

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.”

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