Help for ex-sol­diers in prison

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - John Row­botham

Stir­ling MP Stephen Kerr at­tended an event to learn about a char­ity help­ing work­ing to re­ha­bil­i­tate exser­vice per­son­nel who fall foul of the law.

Mr Kerr was a guest of Care After Com­bat which is cur­rently only able to reach one in 10 vet­er­ans who have served a prison sen­tence.

It is es­ti­mated there are cur­rently at least 3,500 former ser­vice­men in prison.

Ac­cord­ing to Care after Com­bat this rep­re­sents the largest sin­gle oc­cu­pa­tional group within pris­ons – and one of the most vul­ner­a­ble.

Co­me­dian Jim David­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Care after Com­bat, said: “While we wel­come the ad­di­tional £10 mil­lion cash to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund to sup­port men­tal health pro­jects, we call on Gov­ern­ment to recog­nise the spe­cific re­quire­ments of this group and in­crease fund­ing for vet­eran pris­oner com­mu­nity tran­si­tion ser­vices.”

Mr Kerr said: “We need to work on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion so that a prison sen­tence can be a step to­wards re­turn­ing to ev­ery­day life. For vet­er­ans, many of whom are trou­bled with men­tal health prob­lems, this is par­tic­u­larly acute.”

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