Scottish Borders Council is showing its support for our Armed Forces by flying the Armed Forces Day flag over its HQ and reconfirming its commitment to the veterans charter.
Mid Berwickshire councillor John Greenwell is the council’s veterans’ champion and he also launched an updated guide ‘Civilian Life in the Scottish Borders’ this week which aims to support veterans and their families in the Scottish Borders.
“The Scottish Borders over the years has made, and is continuing to make, a major contribution through people serving in the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom,” said Councillor Greenwell.
“Those who have made this contribution deserve to be given as much support as they can when they leave the Armed Forces services and go back into civilian life.
“We should also not forget that veterans can need support long after their return due to difficult and traumatic experiences that they might have had in conflict situations and in carrying out other duties.
“We have received great support in putting the guide together from Veteran’s Scotland and I am delighted that Eric Fraser, the Scottish Veteran’s Commissioner has contributed a foreward to the guide. Veteran’s Scotland provide a great deal of specialist support to ex-service personnel and their families, and this is described in the guide.
Apart from Scottish Borders Council a range of other organisations have provided information for the guide including NHS Borders, the registered social landlords, Borders College, Job Centre Plus, Skills Development Scotland, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and a range of community and voluntary organisations.
“I would like to thank them all for their contribution.
“The way services are delivered and service contacts can change rapidly over time. The guide, therefore, represents the best information we have at this time. For this reason I would be grateful to hear about any amendments or additions as the digital version of the guide which is on the council’s web site can be updated quickly .
“It is intended that the printed version guide will be periodically reviewed and updated. The guide is to distributed to Scottish Borders Council Contact Centres and libraries and issued to the various British Legion branches together with other partner organisations such as NHS Borders.”