Charlie Wallace, the Scottish Veterans Commissioner, said: “My predecessor Eric Fraser’s four reports, really got to the heart of the main areas of concern for the veterans community in Scotland and are acting as a catalyst for change. I want to build on that success and bring supportive challenge to the specific issues that remain or are evolving. To do that effectively, we need to know exactly ‘how we’re doing’ and be open and honest about the challenges that remain.

“Across the board the report clearly demonstrates significant progress.  The headway made is extremely encouraging and we should take the time to acknowledge that success and the considerable effort of all those involved. That not only includes partners in public sector but also the third sector which plays a hugely significant role in supporting our veterans’ community.

“If Scotland is truly to be the ‘destination of choice for service leavers’ it’s important that we keep up the momentum. Some recommendations, particularly those requiring a joined-up approach to thinking and delivery, stand out as most challenging.  Scottish Government Ministers recognise this and have been very clear with me on their commitment to move these forward.”

The Commissioner will also be engaging in emerging developments, including the output from the recent consultation on the 10 year Strategy for Our Veterans, where veterans, their families and representative bodies have engaged in the discussion on how best to deliver in Scotland to ensure the needs of an evolving Armed Forces and ex-service community are met.

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