Initiative keeps veterans in mind
A multi- million- pound programme to support Armed Forces veterans in Scotland has helped around 2000 people in its first year – including Monklands military personnel.
The Unforgotten Forces project is a collaboration of 15 leading organisations, led by Poppyscotland, which is delivering a range of services and enhancements in areas including advice, access to healthcare, social isolation, respite and transport.
Scottish v e t e ra n s’ commissioner Eric Fraser CBE, who launched the initiative last year, said: “I know from experience that in serving with the armed forces you become part of a large family; leaving that cocoon can be daunting in both the short and long term.
“It is welcoming that projects are being funded to help bridge that gap by providing practical and emotional help.”
The project’s co-ordinator at Poppyscotland, Glen MacDona l d , added: “Unforgotten Forces has enabled these separate charities to work together far more closely to help veterans.”