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The SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell, has welcomed the announcement that Scotland’s public services will receive help to address the challenges faced by Scotland’s veterans through the creation of a new pioneering Commissioner by Veterans Minister Keith Brown MSP.

The Scottish Veterans Commissioner will work with service charities, local authorities and health boards to identify any areas in public services that might provide greater support to veterans and help shape future policy development and opportunities.

The establishment of this new role, which is the first in the UK, reinforces the Scottish Government’s commitment to providing support to the estimated 400,000 ex-service men and women living in Scotland.

Commenting, Aileen Campbell MSP said:

"This announcement is extremely good news for Veterans across the Clydesdale constituency. It’s another visionary idea from the Scottish Government, with this being the first ever Veterans Commissioner in the United Kingdom, and I’m proud that our Scottish Government is bringing forward this ambassadorial position to help veterans address particular needs which they may have."

Veterans Minister, Keith Brown said:

"I am delighted to announce the creation of the Scottish Veterans Commissioner. This new Commissioner will be a radical innovation, acting as an ambassador for veterans and helping to remove the barriers that prevent ex-servicemen and women from realising their full potential.

"As well as addressing the needs of veterans who are particularly disadvantaged, the Commissioner will develop a wider focus on unlocking the potential of veterans, so that their unparalleled skills and experience can benefit Scotland.

"The pioneering Commissioner will examine the public service landscape at a strategic level, to see what works, what needs to change and to develop new opportunities."

The appointment of the Commissioner further strengthens the Scottish Government’s dedication to addressing the health, housing, education and justice needs of current and former servicemen and women.

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