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Launch of updated advice for veterans

An updated booklet providing advice to people leaving the Armed Forces has been launched in Perth and Kinross to mark the start of Armed Forces Week.

The Veterans First booklet has been developed by Perth & Kinross Council in partnership with the local branch of the Armed Forces Charity SSAFA.

The booklet is aimed at people leaving the Armed Forces or veterans who are already living in Perth and Kinross.

It contains information about living in Perth and Kinross and the support available to veterans for housing, health and care, education, employment, welfare advice and more.

The booklet also provides links to armed forces and veterans advice and support organisations. It was first published in 2014.

The launch of the new booklet took place after the Armed Forces Day flag was raised at the 51st Highland Memorial on the North Inch.

Bailie Chris Ahern, Perth & Kinross Council's Armed Forces Veterans Champion said: "I am delighted to have continued in the role of Armed Forces and Veterans Champion following my five years as Champion in the last term of the council.

"We have updated our Veterans First guide which will be launched on Monday at the start of Armed Forces week, but we must not just remember our veterans next week, but we need to remember and support them every week.

"Some Veterans unfortunately suffer physical and/or mental health issues due to their service and this guide provides information on where they can receive help and advice.

"Not everyone who leaves the service want to remember their time in the forces. Some do not think the time they served makes them a veteran or that they are entitled to help. If you know someone that has served and is struggling then please make sure that they get a copy of this guide to help them through their trauma or difficulties."

SSAFA Branch chairman Andy Middlemiss said: "We are really grateful to Perth and Kinross Council for supporting veterans in this way.

"The Provost is our Patron and we thank him for his backing in this terrific venture, which will be a great resource for any veteran who has served his or her country and needs to know where to turn for help .

"To have such a great Armed Forces Champion -- Baillie Ahern- behind us too is fantastic. We are grateful to you all."

Perth & Kinross Council received the Gold Award for its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant in 2021.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme honours employers with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for their level of support to the Armed Forces.

Gold Award winners must demonstrate outstanding support for those who serve or have served.

Copies of the booklet will be available across Perth and Kinross and can also be downloaded from the Council and SSAFA websites and SSAFA Perth and Kinross

Last modified on 19 June 2023

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