Roadshow highlights issues facing country’s military veterans

John Greenwell
John Greenwell

A veterans’ roadshow held in the Borders attracted an audience of over 100 people

The event at Eildon Mill, Tweedbank, was part of a series of roadshows being held across Scotland to highlight the needs and issues facing Scotland’s military veterans.

Scottish Borders Council and Veterans Scotland hosted the roadshow which included: councillors; representatives from the Scottish Youth Parliament; NHS Borders; Citizens’ Advice Scotland; Jobcentre Plus; housing associations; all the major heads of department at SBC; social enterprise bodies; RBLS; REPS; SSAFA; and pupils from Galashiels Academy and Earlston High school.

Guest speakers included Scottish Borders Council convenor, Councillor Graham Garvie, Neil Morrison from Veterans Scotland, Gary Gray from Poppyscotland and Councillor John Greenwell, SBC’s Armed Forces Champion.

Councillor Greenwell said: “To bring all these bodies together in one place was no easy task. However, all those attending were given a real insight to the needs of veterans from real life videos of action on the front line to the consequences of that action from the veterans point of view and the families that have to deal with it.

“Signing up to the Armed Forces covenant is not just a case of signing a piece of paper, it is a commitment from Scottish Borders Council to treat our Armed Forces and veterans with respect and to ensure we keep up a campaign of awareness to the needs of veterans in the Borders.

“These road shows are going to be taking place in every local authority in Scotland so that all councils are aware of what is expected of them now they are signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant.”