The Liberal Democrats will create the post of a Veterans Commissioner to help ensure that veterans get the support they will need, the party has announced today.
Roger Williams has said the party will ‘serve those who have served’ by working with armed forces charities and homelessness charities to ensure veterans do not fall between the gaps in services and get the help they need to get back on their feet.
The purpose of creating a Veterans Commissioner is to improve co-ordination and prioritisation for veterans across government departments.
Roger Williams, Parliamentary candidate in Brecon and Radnorshire, said:
“We ask our armed forces to put their lives on the line for our country. Therefore it is only right that as a country we support them for life, whether they remain in the armed services or after they leave.
“The Liberal Democrats want to serve those who have served and ensure they get the right help.
“Veteran groups continue to experience difficulty in having their voices heard: there is a lack of co-ordination across ministerial departments in addressing, for example, the myriad outstanding welfare issues. We will change that.
“We will improve co-ordination and prioritisation for veterans across government by creating a post of Veterans Commissioner. The purpose of this commissioner would be to knock heads together in the Department of Work and Pensions, the Ministry of Defence and all other departments to get veterans the help they need.”