Dunfermline MSP Welcomes £80K Funding for Veterans

MSP for Dunfermline, Bill Walker, has welcomed news that projects assisting ex-servicemen and women back into civilian life are set to receive an £80,000 funding boost.

Scottish Government Veterans Minister, Keith Brown, has earmarked allocations from the Scottish Veterans Fund for eleven projects across Scotland, including Veterans Scotland and Officers Association Scotland.

Mr Walker said: “It is vital that men and women leaving the services aren’t simply forgotten but are helped to adjust back into civilian life.

“This funding will help veterans and their families, with information, counselling, training and searching for new jobs.

“This is welcome news for veterans and for the organisations that play a vital part in supporting our ex-service personnel.”

Projects set to benefit from funding include a drop-in centre, a pilot scheme to help with the transition to civilian life, support for children of veterans affected by mental illness, forward planning of housing requirements for veterans, and hardware to help veterans with combat-related stress disorders.

The Scottish Veterans Fund has provided £400,000 support for veterans’ projects since the Scottish Government set it up in 2008.

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