21st December 2018
South Lanarkshire Council is backing efforts to give veterans more backing in getting back into civilian life and employment. The Council backed a motion by Councillor Mark McGeever agreeing to create a guaranteed interview scheme for ex armed forces personnel applying for employment vacancies with the Council.
Rutherglen Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brownsuccessfully moved an amendment welcoming the work of Veterans Point Lanarkshire, a service developed by veterans for veterans, in providing practical and mental health support in the community by veterans peer support staff working with a small psychology team.
Robert Brown said:
“Armed forces personnel have served their country in many theatres. The Council is already signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant recognising society’s obligations to its veterans. Many ex service people have significant skills which are not always certificated. There is also a high incidence of post traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues which affect some ex service people.
It is vital that the Council and other agencies give all appropriate support to transition from military life back to civilian lie when they leave the Armed Forces. I was surprised to discover just how many veterans there are in Lanarkshire, some of whom struggle for various reasons when they come out of the forces.
This is the centenary year of the Armistice ending the First World War in 1918. It is entirely appropriate that all efforts are made to make sure our ex service people are valued and supported.”