Unemployed Welsh veterans are to be handed a lifeline after a transformative employment support programme for ex-service personnel has been given new financial backing…

Currently in Wales 1 in 20 people have served in the Armed Forces while, across the country, working-age veterans are twice as likely to be unemployed as civilians.

However, military and disability charity Royal British Legion Industries is now set to tackle the issue by rolling out additional courses of their LifeWorks programme after receiving more than £96,000 from the charitable arm of supermarket giant Morrisons, The Morrisons Foundation.

First developed in 2011, RBLI’s LifeWorks programme has seen almost 1000 veterans from around the UK attend the course – with 83% finding employment, training or volunteering within 12 months.

RBLI’s Head of LifeWork Iain Downie said the funding will mean LifeWorks can directly tackle an ongoing problem with unemployment amongst the Welsh veteran community. He added: “Transitioning from the Armed Forces into the civilian world can be an incredibly challenging period for the service leaver.

“Without employment, the lives of veterans can too often spiral downwards, resulting in a loss of independence, financial difficulties and drug and alcohol abuse – this is simply unacceptable. However, now, with the generous support of the Morrisons Foundation, many more Welsh veterans will be given a second chance at life.

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