Ini­tia­tive keeps veter­ans in mind

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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.”

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