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23 May 22. Defence Committee seeks views of Veterans ahead of evidence hearing with MoD Minister & Office for Veteran Affairs.
The Defence Committee wants to hear from veterans and the families of veterans as ahead of the Committee’s evidence session on the Work of the Office for Veterans Affairs.
The Committee has today launched an online survey to seek the views of veterans and their families to inform the Committee’s questions ahead of an evidence hearing on Wednesday 15 June with Leo Docherty, Veterans Minister, and Jessie Owen, Director, Office for Veterans Affairs.
The survey is open until Wednesday 8 June.
Chair of the Defence Committee, Tobias Ellwood MP, said: “The welfare of our Armed Forces is at the top of the Defence Committee’s agenda, and we will continue to explore the range of issues facing our service personnel and our veterans. At our evidence sessions with the Veterans Minister and the Office for Veteran Affairs we have the opportunity to raise questions directly relating to issues of most concern to our veterans. We’re keen to hear from veterans and their families and hope they will take the opportunity to complete our online survey ahead of the evidence session in June.
“We want to help veterans’ voices be heard on issues that concern them, whether it’s mental or physical health, transition to civilian life and support in finding a job, or the complaints system. This is a chance to tell Parliament what you think.”
Evidence session: Work of the Office for Veterans Affairs, Wednesday 15 June, 2pm
This session will be available to watch on Parliament TV.
- Leo Docherty, Minister for Defence People and Veterans Minister, Ministry of Defence
- Jessie Owen, Director, Office for Veterans Affairs
Julian Nettlefold’s submission: My father was wounded in World war 2. He lost both hands and an eye. My mother married him like that and looked after him until his death 63 years later. When she was 85 she asked me to get her an Old Age Pension as she had forgotten. I was told by the DHSS that she could not have one as she had not paid her Stamp. I said she had been looking after my father for 63 years. They refused to give her any pension. It is a disgrace that carers are treated in such a way as it is proven that the right carer enables war wounded to have a better quality of life.
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. In 2020, our teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 79,000 people in need, the currently serving (both regulars and reserves), veterans from the Second World War and those who have served in more recent conflicts, as well as their families. SSAFA understands that behind every uniform is a person. And we are here for that person – any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us.