SNP Armed Forces Spokesperson welcomes launch of free advice guide for older veterans

The SNP’s Westminster Spokeson for Veterans and Armed Forces has welcomed the launch of a free advice guide for older veterans.

Carol Monaghan MP has praised ‘The Veterans’ Guide to Later Life in Scotland’, published by Age Scotland’s Veterans’ Project, which aims to inform older veterans of their rights and support available to them on a range of later life issues including money, health, care, housing, planning for the future and getting out and about.

The Veterans’ Project assists clubs, groups and services seeking to include and supports veterans aged 65 and older.

The veterans’ community is rapidly ageing, with one third of its members aged 75-84, and 14 per cent aged 85 or older. Many older veterans will have additional needs arising from their time in service, from hearing impairment to loneliness.

Commenting, Carol Monaghan MP said:

“Many older veterans will be entitled to additional help and support but will be unaware of how to access this.

“I am delighted with the launch of ‘The Veterans’ Guide to Later Life in Scotland’ which contains helpful information for veterans and their families after they have returned into their local community and re-entered civilian life.

“The Veterans’ Project enables older people’s groups and services to thrive whilst informing veterans of their rights and entitlements, and this guide is an extremely useful way of making sure the right information gets to our former service personnel, whom I would urge take as much use as they can from it.”

The Veterans’ Guide to Later Life in Scotland offers veterans a route map to embracing opportunities and overcoming challenges that later life can bring. It’s available to download here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-scotland/documents/veterans-project/vet-4-veterans-guide-to-later-life-in-scotland.pdf

Postal copies can be requested from the Age Scotland Helpline on 0800 12 44 222 or by emailing publications@agescotland.org.uk.

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