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RFEA Veteran Support
Monday, September 26, 2016
Hi all, this came to me via other means RFEA.

At present our Ex Forces Employment programme (Launched 01st October 2015) has supported around 2000 Veterans in the last 12 months, however there are a number of programmes that RFEA run in partnership with H4H , WWTW etc.

As part of our wider programme it has been identified that an element of our clients require a lot more hand holding and 1 to 1 support on a day to day basis. The majority of our clients are ready to engage with Employment and require generic employment advisor support with access to our suite of tools and access to the Jobs database RightJob. https://www.ctp.org.uk/

All veterans are now entitled to “Through Life support from RFEA” and all Veterans are now entitled to access the Ex Forces Jobs database. In 2016 Our Ex Forces programmes placed 800 Clients into employment as part of our programme.

RFEA Veteran Support
Read about RFEA :http://www.rfea.org.uk/

Get registered and access the Jobs database Rightjob and have access to an employment advisor.

Registering for Regional Employment Support is easy:
http://www.rfea.org.uk/register/
“Helping You Navigate Your Way to Sustainable Employment”

Launched 01st October 2015
The Ex Forces Employment Programme is a national employment support programme designed to address the employability support needs of Ex Forces personnel who no longer qualify for MOD Resettlement support ( All Veterans ) or they are returning to the employment market after 2 years post discharge from service.
The RFEA’s aim is to assist Veterans to secure quality, sustainable employment for the rest of their working life. We have an unparalleled understanding of the skills and ambitions that ex-forces bring to the employment market. We also have a proven track record of helping all ranks, trades, backgrounds and services to find and remain in work. Indeed, in 2015 RFEA provided employment support to just over 4,000 Veterans UK wide – an increase of 70% since 2009.
The Programme will be supported by a team of RFEA Regional Employment Advisors (REA) Wounded Injured and Sick Careers Advisors and Specialist Employment Consultants( TFO ) in:
Scotland
Northern Ireland
North East
Yorkshire
Midlands and East
South East
South West
Wales
North West and Overseas
Ghurkha Advisor UK Wide

WIS ( VET ) North at Phoenix House
WIS ( VET ) South West at Tedworth House
Recruiting
WIS( VET ) South East at Chavasse House ( Nov 16 )
SEC North West at TRBL Manchester ( Nov – Dec 16 )
SEC North East at TRBL Newcastle ( Nov – Dec 16 )

The Principal Responsibilities of the Regional Employment Advisors under the RFEA Employment Programme will be as follows:
They will provide employment and job finding information to referred Veteran personnel in their relevant regional area. This will include remote support and if required face to face advice and guidance on:
o Career choices (including use of RightJob, MyPlan tool and Plotr).
o Personal development opportunities and preferred employment outcomes.
o Assistance with job search – including use of RightJob.
o Advice and guidance on interview techniques and approaches to employers.
o Guidance in the preparation and development of a CV.
o Advice on local networking.
o Advice on local training and education opportunities.
o Individual needs assessment to identify vulnerability.
o Signposting to assistance on local housing, education and welfare.
Our UK Wide Regional Employment Advisors (REAs) will work closely with other charity partners, Job Centre plus Armed Forces Champions, and other service providers and across our Compass employment services UK wide. The REAs will also look to run regional jobs clubs within some of the TRBL Pop In Centres, across the UK.
Ex Forces personnel sometimes also require wider support before they can engage with our employment services, so, using our strong relationships we can connect individuals with other charities who can assist in addressing any needs beyond employment.

http://www.rfea.org.uk/

If you require further Information please feel free to get in touch

Beattie demands equality for military veterans in Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the United Kingdom
Friday, September 02, 2016
Beattie demands equality for military veterans in Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the United Kingdom

Doug Beattie MC MLA has welcomed the agreement from Mark Lancaster TD VR MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and personnel, that veterans living in Northern Ireland with mental health issues can be treated at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn.

Doug Beattie MC, who is a former soldier and the Ulster Unionist spokesperson on Justice matters, said:

Recently I challenged the First Ministers to nominate to the Armed Forces Covenant Reference Group (CRG); a cabinet led group that deals with Armed Forces issues and the aspects of the covenant that can prevent serving soldier, veterans and their families being discriminated against due to their military service. Having initially been told by the First Ministers, in a signed letter, that the covenant has not been adopted in Northern Ireland, I was later told it does apply and was being delivered as far as possible. However the caveat being that Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 prevented nominating to the CRG and the delivery of some veterans services.

The Ulster Unionist Party does not accept this. We were aware of the evidence presented to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee way back in 2013 which stated Section 75 was no bar to the delivery of the covenant in Northern Ireland. This was supported by clear statements from two Armed Forces Ministers and the Ministry of Defence.

Unfortunately the DUP continue to cite Lord Ashcrofts 2014 Armed Forces Transition Review as their primary evidence that Section 75 is a bar to implementation. Yet investigation into this Transition Review - which is aimed at those leaving the Armed Forces and returning to civilian life - shows that the primary statement on section 75 was in fact merely to highlight the particular difficulties in this part of the UK and was inserted at the direct request of a senior member of the DUP. It is now not viewed as a bar to delivery of the covenant and in fact emails seen in recent weeks show the firm that carried out the review for Lord Ashcroft now state they no longer seek to change Section 75; it was there to indicate the problem only.

This now means the Executive should have no barrier to nominating a representative to the CRG in order to represent the interests of serving soldiers, veterans and their families in Northern Ireland. If the First Minister is truly first amongst equals then she should nominate to the CRG without delay and nominate a department responsible for this issue. If the Deputy First Minister truly wants to represent all those who live in Northern Ireland without favour then he should find no issue in allowing representation to the CRG. If not, they should make it known to the Northern Ireland electorate why they are not willing to do so and I would therefore call on those responsible for the Armed Forces Covenant to nominate a political representative from outside the Executive. To highlight what can be done if there is engagement with the CRG, the Ulster Unionist Party, in an attempt to deliver on their manifesto promises, has sought and received confirmation from Mark Lancaster TD VR MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel, that veterans referred to the Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme (VRMHP) in England by a General Practitioner - and in some exceptional cases self-referral - and who are offered treatment, will normally receive that treatment at the Defence Community Mental Health (DCMH) facility in Thiepval Barracks, Lisburn. This gives vulnerable veterans a safe and secure location close to their family support network where they can receive mental health treatment by individuals who understand their issues and their needs, both due to their service and the security situation in the community they live.This is a major agreement and will not cost the Executive one penny but it meets the needs of veterans and stimulates the moral component that has been so lacking here in Northern Ireland. Further agreement on social housing is being sought and can be taken forward by the CRG if the Executive nominates a representative.Along with my party colleague Danny Kinahan MP we will be bring forward a variety of initiatives which will include writing to all Armed Forces Champions in each of the eleven councils to ensure they know the procedures for referral to the VRMHP and the delivery of treatment at the DCMH. We will also be engaging with the Northern Ireland Veterans Forum and the Veterans Welfare Service to ensure they inform those who may be eligible for this service. As the Executive has already admitted they do not promote the Covenant Fund - £10 million available yearly – we will engage with 38 (Irish) Brigade to ensure this fund is known about and the fund bidding process is advertised. We will also be taking forward a social housing initiative in the coming weeks
Yet again the Ulster Unionist Party is moving this debate forward – but this is not a single party issue - I truly hope other parties can stop hiding behind section 75 and put aside party differences and begin to represent our Armed Forces community in an open and transparent manner in line with the rest of the United Kingdom. This is not about advantage, this is about ensuring those who served their country and who are now suffering because of that service are not disadvantaged.

AAVS offers EMDR Therapy
AAVS offers EMDR Therapy
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
AA Veterans Support can offer Serving or Ex Service Personnel immediate outpatient Psychological Therapies, as recommended by NICE by qualified and supervised practitioners of Person Centred Therapy (PCT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).If you would wish to avail of these services please ring 028 9074 7071 or email info@aavsni.com to make an appointment.AA Veterans Support also offers Counterbalance fork truck training in house, as well as welfare support, Mental Health First Aid Training for the Armed Forces Community.AA Veterans Support is not just highlighting PTSD awareness, we are providing services to help veterans Combat it. Please support this worthy cause in any way you can.

The new frontline: Voices of veterans in Need
The new frontline: Voices of veterans in Need
Monday, July 25, 2016
For many people, a veteran is an old man with medals and a beret, marching on Remembrance Sunday. The truth can sometimes be very different. We are now seeing a generation of men and women leave the services at a young age. These are the voices of veterans whose stories we rarely hear. They are men and women who have found the transition from service in the Armed Forces to civilian life a humbling, sometimes humiliating, experience. Often too proud to ask for help, they feel isolated and alone. Marriages and relationships have broken down. They worry about their finances. They are struggling to find suitable housing. Many of them have chronic physical or mental health problems, which they believe were caused or exacerbated by their military service, but cannot get the medical help they need. These men and women served their nation, but many of them do not feel supported by society, and some feel they have been disadvantaged. They contrast their experiences with those of their counterparts in the US and feel they have been forgotten.
Quantifying the veteran population in Northern Ireland
Sunday, July 17, 2016
You are invited to participate in an academic research study. This study is being undertaken by Ulster University and Dr Cherie Armour is the Principal Investigator. This study has been granted ethical approval by Ulster University. Please complete this online form. Click Here
National Veterans Support Programme
National Veterans Support Programme
Monday, March 21, 2016
I just wanted to update you on our National Veterans Support Programme. As at the 01st of October 15 the RFEA the Forces Employment Charity launched the Employment Compass Programme to support Ex Forces. All Veterans now have access to the MOD Jobs database and access to an Employment Advisor. Visit Website

Gulf War veterans still seeking mental health help, charity warns
Friday, February 26, 2016
An average of two Gulf War veterans come forward each week seeking help for mental illness, 25 years after the conflict ended, a leading military charity has warned. Combat Stress said it had received 112 referrals from veterans of the 1991 conflict last year alone. Read More
Aftercare service supports soldiers and has helped thousands get their lives back on track
Sunday, January 24, 2016
THE third candidate for the People’s Choice Award is an organisation that has helped thousands of people get their lives back on track. The Northern Ireland-based Aftercare Service helps former soldiers and their families cope with life after the disbandment of the Ulster Defence Regiment and the Home Service sections of the Royal Irish Regiment. Read More
Horror of War: 25 Yrs of conflict leaves 83,000 troops with mental and physicl injuries.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
TENS of thousands of British troops are suffering ongoing physical and mental injuries as a result of wars over the last 25 years, according to shocking new research. Read More.
War Disablement SmartPass
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
To qualify for free fares on public transport you must be in receipt of a regular War Disablement Pension or Guaranteed Income Payment from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency, and be permanently resident in Northern Ireland. How to apply

You can get application forms for the War Disablement SmartPass from:
Translink Ticketing Systems Department
3 Milewater Road
Belfast
BT3 9BG
Telephone: (028) 9075 9129

Follow this link for more information

ForcesLine
ForcesLine
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
ForcesLine is a free and confidential telephone helpline that provides support for both current and ex-service men and women from the Armed Forces and for their families. It is completely independent of the military chain of command.
MoD confirms more British soldiers commit suicide than are killed in battle
Monday, June 01, 2015
More British soldiers and veterans took their own lives last year than were killed in battle, it has emerged. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that in 2012 seven serving soldiers were confirmed to have killed themselves, while a further 14 died in suspected suicides but inquests had yet to be held.
Although the Government does not record suicides among former soldiers, an investigation by the BBC's Panorama revealed that 21 serving soldiers and 29 veterans committed suicide in 2012. Read more here.

Insult to Injury
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Veterans injured during Service are having to give up most of their compensation to pay for the costs of their social care. Military compensation is awarded as recompense for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity experienced by injured Service personnel and veterans; it should not be treated as normal income.
It's unfair and has to change! The Government are asking for ideas of what could be included in the next Budget. This is a great opportunity to get our voice heard! Please take action today and use the link below to ask the Government to provide funding so that no injured veteran has to give up their compensation to cover the costs of their care.
Veterans injured during Service are having to give up most of their compensation to pay for the costs of their social care.

http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/about-us/campaigns/insult-to-injury

Sharp Rise in Number of veterans Seeking Help for PTSD
Thursday, May 07, 2015
There’s been a sharp rise in numbers of veterans seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the leading mental health charity for ex-service personnel. Combat Stress, which provides counselling and support to traumatised ex-service personnel, says there’s been a 26 per cent rise in people seeking its services over the last year, and that they’re now treating almost 6,000 veterans.
http://forces.tv/09854694

Apply for a copy of your / family members Service Records
Saturday, April 25, 2015
https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records/overview
Living with PTSD
Sunday, April 12, 2015
A female military medic has told ITV News how her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder has left her terrified to leave the house alone. Read more......
MOD compensation and occupational pension schemes: synopses of causation
Sunday, April 05, 2015
Synopses of causation, covering a range of injuries and disorders often seen in service personnel and veterans to support decision making. Read more....
AAVSNI gets COBSEO membership
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Cobseo, as the Confederation of Service Charities, provides a single point of contact for interaction with Government, including local government and the Devolved Administrations; with the Royal Household; with the Private Sector; and, of course, with other members of the Armed Forces Community. This allows Cobseo members to interact with all interested parties and especially to cooperate and collaborate with others in order to provide the best possible level of support to our beneficiaries.
AA Veterans Support is a Northern Ireland based charity set up to provide help and support for Veterans and their families throughout Northern Ireland.It is our aim to provide the necessary support services for those Veterans or their family members that may need our help.
We believe that our Forces and their families deserve our lifelong support, we aim to provide Practical, Training, Emotional and Financial support to anyone who is serving or has ever served and their families. Whenever they may need us, we’ll do whatever we can to help.
Our vow is that no matter the size of the problem we will provide help, advice and assistance in overcoming it.

New recognition for Reserve and Regular military service
Friday, March 27, 2015
Reserve forces will be rewarded for their commitment with a new post nominal award, while regulars may receive a new Long Service medal. Read more....
Empey welcomes 25m Veterans Health Fund
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Empey welcomes confirmation that Northern Ireland based military veterans will benefit from £25m healthcare fund Ulster Unionist Peer Lord Empey has welcomed Government confirmation that army veterans based in Northern Ireland will benefit from the £25 million healthcare fund for aged veterans announced in the Budget.Lord Empey said:“Following the Chancellor’s Budget announcement I asked the Government whether army veterans based in Northern Ireland would benefit from millions of pounds to be raised from LIBOR funding.“I was very encouraged by the response from Lord Astor of Hever, who responded on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.
“Lord Astor stated that ‘the UK's ex-Service community is largely elderly; almost half are over age 75 and 64% are over age 65.’ I fully agree with him that it is important that this country meets their needs, just as they answered the needs of their country and I welcome the news that to support this community, £5 million of LIBOR funding has been made available every year for the next five years for any UK veterans who are surviving World War Two veterans, those who undertook National Service and other voluntary enlisted veterans who, by virtue of their age, may need some focused support in relation to their health and social care needs.“The Ministry of Defence intends to administer the fund through a dedicated grant scheme, the terms of which are being developed and will be announced in due course and I note that these funds ‘will not provide benevolence payments to individuals’ but that ‘Charities can bid for money to provide practical support and/or companionship to this group of veterans to improve their wellbeing.’
“I shall therefore be seeking further details as to how this scheme will operate and the Ulster Unionist Party will be encouraging local charities to avail of it and ensure that Northern Ireland based veterans benefit from it.
“Lord Astor identified projects including the building of enhancing ‘access to centres where elderly veterans can meet, or to promote the education of elderly veterans' needs, research and other support mechanisms” and I have no doubt that these would make a very positive contribution to enhance then lives of those who bravely served our Nation and who are entitled to our support.”

Ex-Military concerned over NI's cut of Chancellors payout.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Northern Ireland's military veterans have welcomed new funding, but warned: "We must get our fair share." Click here to read more.
Andy Allen: Soldier badly injured in Afghanistan on rebuilding his life
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
A former soldier who lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan has described how working for a veterans charity near his Belfast home helped him put his life back together. Read the full transcript here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-31822680
Domestic abuse: guidance and support for the Armed forces community
Thursday, March 05, 2015
Information and guidance for those affected by or dealing with cases of domestic abuse in the armed forces community.
AAVSNI Forklift Training
AAVSNI Forklift Training
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Andy Allen AAVSNI is now offering Full Counterbalance Training if you require your License. £190 (2 1/12 day course), refresher £75 (1 day course), unless under assistance guidelines. email info@aavsni.com with details or you can call the office 028 9074 7071
Andy Allen AAVSNI
Sunday, February 08, 2015
Building on the success of providing counterbalance forktruck training to Veterans' and their families, we will very soon be offering reach and power pallet truck training.
Striving to deliver better for our Armed Forces Community. Find out more at AAVSNI website

UDR Benevolent Fund contacts
Saturday, January 31, 2015
The UDR Benevolent Fund is designed to provide support for former members, their families and dependants who are in need. It was established in 1972 to ensure those who served would be looked after in the years to come.
Chairman Wesley Duncan has appealed for anyone who knows of a former UDR member in need to either contact the Benevolent Fund on their behalf, or to pass on the relevant contact information. Read more click here

Contact details email: office@udrbenfund.com Ph: 028 90 420 137
Number of British soldiers with mental illness increases by a third, new figures reveal,
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Experts raise concerns about the long-term impact of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan as figures unearthed by The Telegraph show stark rise, read more
Annual Armed Forces Covenant Report 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Please follow this link to read Annual Armed Forces Covenant Report 2014.
New Veterans UK Website
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Follow this Link to visit the GOV.UK Veterans UK website
Royal British legion Pop In centre
Monday, December 15, 2014
The Royal British Legin officially opened their Pop In centre 51-53 Fountain Street Belfast. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Royal-British-Legion-Northern-Ireland/779927862032122

Mental health First Ad
Mental health First Ad
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Andy Allen, AAVS is running the second Mental Health First Aid, for the Armed Forces Community, Course. Sat 13th / Sun 14th Dec 2014. 09:00-15:30hrs daily. If you want to attend this course please email him direct at info@aavsni.com or call his Office 028 9074 7071, this course retails at £120.00 per head. Andy is providing this service free at present to anyone within the Armed Forces Community. Don't miss out
Home Adaptation Grants
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Did you know the ABF have a number of grants available to Veterans? Such as A Home Adaption Grant to help with mobility issues. Please click HERE for more details
Go ahead for Mental healthcare Unit.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Plans to build a new £32 million mental healthcare unit in Belfast have been given the go-ahead. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/goahead-for-mental-healthcare-unit-30593838.html
New Blog Item
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
SAR form if you want to get hold of your medical records or any other information. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/256035/20131106-MOD_DPA_SAR_Form_Nov_13.pdf
UK soldier and veteran suicides outstrip Afghan deaths
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
More British soldiers and veterans took their own lives in 2012 than died fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan over the same period.BBC Panorama learned that 21 serving soldiers killed themselves last year, along with 29 veterans.
The Afghanistan death toll was 44, of whom 40 died in action.Some of the soldiers' families say the men did not get enough support. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said every suicide was a "tragedy". If you are aware of any veteran or family member who requires counselling please email Andy Allen via his contact page for help click here https://www.aavsni.com/Contact_Us.php
to continuing reading this story click here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23259865
RBL Belfast opens a pop in centre
Thursday, August 07, 2014
The Royal British Legion is opening a fantastic new ‘Pop-in’ centre in Belfast. The centre will offer advice and support for serving personnel, regular and reserve, veterans and their families. It will also act as a gateway to the Legion for members of the general public.The centre will be open Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 4.00pm and will offer information on issues that really matter to those in the Armed Forces Community such as finances, housing, mobility and membership.We need volunteers to greet beneficiaries, complete assessments and signpost and refer to agencies. Full training will be given and travel expenses will be paid and you will be part of a friendly, committed team.If you have basic IT skills and can spare a few hours each week to make a difference to members of the Armed Forces community, please contact Sara Marshall at smarshall@britishlegion.org.uk

We hope to hear from you soon.

Combat Stress 24hr Helpline
Combat Stress 24hr Helpline
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Combat Stress 24hr Helpline
MoneyForce
Monday, August 04, 2014
Get Money Fit with MONEYFORCE Debt getting you down?  Struggling to make ends meet? Having a baby? Going on deployment? Need money in a hurry? Getting married? - MoneyForce can help This site is sponsored by the Royal British Legin and the MOD
https://www.moneyforce.org.uk/

DUP helping severely disabled victms
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Democratic Unionist victims’ spokesman Rt. Hon. Jeffrey Donaldson MP has urged those interested in helping victims disabled as a consequence of the Troubles to respond to a DUP consultation exercise.The party is consulting on bringing forward a Private Members Bill to the Northern Ireland Assembly to establish a pension scheme for those who, as a consequence of the Troubles, suffer from severe physical disability. The consultation document can be accessed here
http://www.mydup.com/publications/view/consultation-on-providing-for-severely-disabled-victims


DUP website details can be found here
New Blog Item
Monday, July 28, 2014
Andy Allen from AAVSNI has asked  any Service Personnel, Veterans or their family members who haven't already done so, if they can take a few moments to complete his survey toward the establishment of a Respite, Treatment and Training Centre in Northern Ireland. He has already received a huge amount of responses but the more responses he can obtain outlining from the individual Service Personnel, Veterans or their Families the need for such a centre, its role and facilities the bigger argument he will have towards establishing a centre. It also means the centre can be purpose built around the needs of the Service Personnel, Veterans and their Families as it should be. Can i ask everyone to share in order to help reach as many Service Personnel, Veterans and their Families as possible. The link to his online survey is AA Veterans Support Survey on his webpage
New Blog Item
Monday, July 28, 2014
The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee recently produced a report into the implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant in Northern Ireland. They agreed there would be a clear benefit in having a centre, or centres. Discussions on how this may be best achieved were being undertaken by Mike Penning at the Northern Ireland Office. You will note from a previous blog, no one from the devolved government has yet to speak with regards to this. Indeed my guess is that Sinn Fein and the SDLP plus Alliance would use section 75 to block such a centre. The MOD's take on it is that the MOD has primary responsibility for the rehabilitation of soldiers in N.I. The MOD says they would be referred to RRU's Regional Rehabilitation Units, of which there are 15. The MOD states that the RRU staffed at Aldergrove adequately caters for those in Northern Ireland. Whats your view on this?
New Blog Item
Monday, July 28, 2014
Psychological Therapy services within the dhsspsni. In 2010 the Departmentof Health, Social Services and Public safety delivered A Strategy for the Development of Psychological Therapy Services In which the Health Minister states he has taken steps to ensure that members of the Armed Forces and Veterans receive equality of care within the HSC. He stated the department initially provided recurrent funding of 4.4m to underpin the strategy. Today the HSC states they are spending £6.5 million on these services which members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and their families can acess. The Department has also established the Armed Forces Liaison Forum, a joint forum between the Department, HSC Board Trusts and Armed Forces groups to discuss health and social care isues faced by members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. I would be interested to know of Veterans experiences of treatment within the HSC.
New Blog Item
Monday, July 28, 2014
Memorandum from the Northern Ireland Veterans Advisory and Pensions committee. Read the full memorandum and understand why equality laws in Northern Ireland prevent Veterans who have served their country preferential treatment, with regards to NHS, housing etc. (Read here)
New Blog Item
Monday, July 28, 2014
The DUP has called for changes to Northern Ireland's 1998 peace agreement in order to secure extra support for serving and former military personnel. (Read full story here) He said officials in government departments indicated that the legislation meant it was impossible to give "any form of preferential treatment" to people covered by the covenant.
"Bear in mind that the Military Covenant only requires action to be taken to ensure that a veteran or member of the armed forces is not disadvantaged by virtue of serving or having served in the armed forces," Mr Donaldson said. "In other words they are placed in the position they would have been had they been a civilian - but Section 75 is being used in a way that perhaps prevents full implementation of the Military Covenant in Northern Ireland, so we've got a problem here."
This may be why Veterans In Northern Ireland have to travel to Scotland or England to use facilities such as Holybush, Combat Stress. If Section 75 wasn't amended it would mean, as in the argument over "victims" all ex-combatant's could use any Veterans centre, because section 75 does not allow anyone in Northern Ireland preferential treatment.

New Blog Item
Monday, July 28, 2014
Members of the Stormont Executive failed to respond to an invitation to discuss how to help military veterans and their families in Northern Ireland, MPs have heard. Read the full story here click here

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