Government kickstarts office for Veterans' Affairs

George Eustice, MP for Camborne and Redruth, has today welcomed the news that the Government has committed itself to tackling the challenges faced by our nation's proud veterans by securing a £5 million funding boost in this week's spending round. 

The cash boost will fund additional staff and resources so that the newly-established Office for Veterans' Affairs (OVA) can drive cross-Whitehall action to support veterans' welfare.

The OVA will join up support and coordinate existing funding - holding other parts of government to account for delivering the Armed Forces Covenant and action on mental and physical health, education, employment and veteran homelessness.

George said, "We owe those who have given up so much for their country all the support they need to help them build their lives back, especially those who suffered life changing injuries during their time of service. Charities such as Help for Heroes, the Army Benevolent Fund and the Royal British Legion have provided so much over the years and it is right that we continue to do all we can to support our veterans." 

Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Johnny Mercer said, "The Prime Minister has given us a great responsibility to make sure our veterans are supported in every aspect of their lives, including their healthcare, housing, and employment opportunities. We’re already hard at work bringing together the right people across government, and this new funding will be instrumental in making this vision a reality."