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9 March 2010

Stevenson Welcomes Support Funding For Ex-Service Personnel

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the announcement that the Big Lottery Fund is to establish FORCES in MIND a £35 million programme aimed at supporting veterans. An independent trust will be established to provide long term support and advocacy for those who served in conflicts including Iraq, Afghanistan and the Gulf War.

The announcement comes as the Scottish Government announced its own funding of £240,000 over 3 years to help veterans organisations undertake projects across Scotland.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“The brave men and women who join the armed forces to protect our way of life deserve all the support that we can give them upon their return to civilian life, particularly when they have been wounded or injured.

“As such, I welcome these funding announcements and the impact they will have for veterans across Scotland. The Scottish Government has been determined to increase the support available to veterans through this and other announcements, which I am sure is something everybody in Banff & Buchan would support.

“Veterans support organisations can make a real difference to ex-service personnel in dealing with the aftermath of having been in combat and readjusting to everyday life, and I applaud them for the vital work that they do.”
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