The Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association for East Anglia reports that the consultation period is now open for veterans, military charities and anyone with a view to share, to give their views on the new ‘Strategy For Our Veterans‘.
The ‘Strategy For Our Veterans’ released by the Secretary of State for Defence in November 2018 sets the intent for delivery of public services to veterans across the UK.
The aim of the Strategy is aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant; that every Veteran feels even more valued, supported and empowered. It comes shortly after the first anniversary of the Veterans Gateway.
Mike Almond, Member of the East Anglia RFCA and Professor of Veterans & Families Studies at the FiMT Research Centre at Anglia Ruskin University, said:
“The Veterans Strategy recognises that the next generation of veterans are a different demographic, with different needs and expectations, compared with those who served during the major conflicts of the twentieth century. This change is also recognised in the strategy as a need to ensure public perception of the veteran community is accurate.”
He added: “All interested parties are encouraged to engage with the consultation process either as individuals or as organisations to ensure the needs of veterans and their families are met over the next 10 years and beyond.”
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched a consultation to shape a £10M Fund to improve veterans’ mental health and wellbeing. (EARFCA News, 18th December 2018)