MSP pleased with commissioner role

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey has warmly welcomed news that Scotland’s ex-servicemen and women are to be represented by a veterans’ commissioner.

Veterans minister Keith Brown announced in the Scottish Parliament last Tuesday the creation of a Scottish Veterans Commissioner who will act as an ambassador for ex-service personnel.

Mr Dey said: “The creation of the Scottish Veterans Commissioner reinforces the SNP’s commitment to providing support to the estimated 400,000 ex-service men and women living in Scotland.

“Scotland has a long and proud military history and it is only right and proper that our ex-military personnel have access to the assistance they need when they leave the armed forces.

“I am delighted that in my own constituency, Angus Council has for some time recognised the contribution of our veterans.

“As part of this the county has a Veterans’ Champion who promotes the needs of veterans and work is underway to provide housing for veterans in Carnoustie.

“We owe a tremendous amount to these brave men and women and I am pleased the government is doing what it can to help them thrive in civilian life.”

The role, which is the first of its kind in the UK, will require working closely with service charities, local authorities and health boards.