New bid to help boost veterans

SCOTLAND is looking for a Veterans Commissioner to help ex-servicemen and women back into civilian life.

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Veterans Minister, Keith Brown, met ex-service personnel at Glasgow's Helping ­Heroes project.

He said: "We owe an enormous debt to all those who have served in our Armed Forces.

"They deserve, and should receive the highest level of advice, support and care in return.

"I will look to the new Commissioner to spearhead our ambition to deliver on this obligation and enhance services for veterans across Scotland."

Mr Brown met Tank Commander Stephen Williams,32, from Garthamlock, who served in Iraq and ­Afghanistan during 13 years in the 1st Royal Tank Regiment.

He said: "It's strange when you leave the Armed Forces because you don't have the ­support that you're used to. Finding a job and ­accessing housing has been tough.

"Glasgow's Helping Heroes has been fantastic, getting me sorted with a place to live, helping me with my CV and pointing me in the right direction of ILA funding so I can try and get my truck driving licence."

The Commissioner is expected to be appointed in the summer.

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