Veterans help a click away

Veterans in the Scottish Borders can now get vital help on issues such as housing and employment at the click of a button, thanks to a new website set up by the charity Veterans Scotland.

The online one-stop-shop for veterans - www.veterans-assist.org - is the first in Scotland to provide a complete list of helpful contacts and advice online.

Now Veterans Scotland is urging veterans in the Scottish Borders to check out the website to get help and advice on a range of issues, ranging from housing and employment to health and finding the right connections in civilian life.

Phil Cox, communications coordinator at Veterans Scotland, and a veteran himself who served in the first Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, said: “We know from experience that the last thing veterans tend to do is ask for help, it is in their nature just to ‘get on with it’.”

Mid Berwickshire Coun John Greenwell added: “Veterans are often shy about coming forward. I would urge anybody who knows of anybody in need to get in touch with one of the many gancies who work to help our veterans.”

The website, funded by the Scottish Government, is backed by other organisations working with veterans such as Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) and Shelter Scotland.

Of those who sought help from CAS’s Armed Services Advice Project from July 2010 – March 2012,38% needed help with benefits, 24% with debt, 7% needed help with housing and 7% needed help with employment.