Government launches new strategy for veteran support

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A new ten-year strategy has been launched focusing on the UK-wide support of veterans.

Launched only days after the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the strategy outlines a new vision and principles in support of those who have served in the UK Armed Forces and their families. The strategy has been produced as a result of a cross-government collaboration and focuses on six key themes that have emerged as affecting veterans’ lives:

  • community and relationships
  • employment
  • education and skills
  • finance and debt
  • health and wellbeing
  • making a home in civilian society
  • veterans and the law.
When leaving service, many veterans will be dealing with new recruitment processes unlike those they have experienced before. They may also face challenges when working with civilian employers that have a limited understanding of the Armed Forces, such as recognising how their military experiences can translate into transferable skills.

The strategy aims to build upon pre-existing care and support for veterans in all sectors, adapting their skills in order to support the community through partnerships and programmes such as the Career Transition Partnership and Step into Health.

As part of its ten-year plan, one of the objectives of the strategy is that “veterans [can] enter appropriate employment and can continue to enhance their careers throughout their working lives.” 

The strategy can be viewed in its entirety on the government’s strategy for our veterans web page.

For more information on how to support the Armed Forces community or pledge to Step into Health, visit our NHS Armed Forces web section.

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