According to an independent assessment published by the Scottish Veterans Commissioner progress on supporting veterans in Scotland is to be applauded but there is more to do to ensure our veterans continue to receive the best possible levels of support and the services they need…

The 63 recommendations made by the Scottish Veterans Commissioner’s office across four in-depth reports published over the last four years – covering transition; housing; employability, skills and learning and health and wellbeing – were adopted wholesale by the Scottish Government.

This assessment provides up-dates on the current status of these recommendations. A standard RAG (red, amber, green) rating, based on the Commissioner’s evaluation of progress, has then been applied to produce a ‘snap-shot’ report on how well government is doing against each recommendation.

By monitoring and regularly reporting progress by government and partners, the Commissioner aims to maintain focus on the recommendations, aid prioritisation and drive delivery to ensure our veterans receive the best possible levels of support.

Overall this first report tells a positive story of improvement but also shines a light on specific areas where increased effort may well be needed. This includes setting up a national managed clinical network to have oversight of healthcare delivery for veterans; ensuring we enable informed choice, as well as support in areas of employment and skills development; and further work on improving the overall Transition journey from military to civilian life.

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