Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces Toby Perkins MP met with Armed Forces Veterans from the Frontline Veterans Support group during a visit to Plymouth last week.
The group raised concerns over lack of Government funding for veteran support services and called for more joined up thinking between Government, Local Government and local organisations.
Toby Perkins MP said,
“Whilst some veterans require specialist support, a number of the issues veterans face are shared more widely with other vulnerable people in society. These include lack of access to mental health support, problems with housing and the bedroom tax.
The reality is that if we fail to intervene early in the rehabilitation of veterans we risk putting further pressures on an NHS which is already at stretched to breaking point.
“Aside from this, let’s remember that our armed forces put their lives on the line for this country. Whatever their situation when they leave the forces we owe our veterans a debt of gratitude. At the very least, one way in which we can repay that debt is to give our veterans the support they need.”