The cross-government Veterans programme, which works in close partnership with ex-service organisations, was launched in March 2001. Its aims are to address the needs of the veterans community.
The Minister for Veterans is responsible for ensuring that veterans issues are properly understood, appropriately prioritised and effectively addressed across government, and two groups, the Veterans Task Force and the Veterans Forum, were established to assist the Minister to deliver his responsibilities.
The three main priorities identified for the Initiative were:
- To pull together the Government's response to issues affecting Veterans that cut across Government departments.
- To ensure lessons learnt are absorbed into the Ministry of Defence's policies for Service personnel; and
- To improve communication by publicising the assistance offered to veterans by central, devolved and local government and by giving veterans organisations the opportunity to represent their collective and individual concerns to Government at Ministerial level
Consistent with the core theme of communication, the Minister meets a wide range of representatives from the veterans community through an annual meeting of the Veterans Plenary, where delegates are invited to express their views and concerns.On 22 March 2006, the Minister for Veterans launched the latest version of a Strategy for Veterans.
To find out more about the Initiative, please click on the text links below.