New well-being service for Isles’ veterans

Legion Scotland has launched a new wellbeing service for ex servicemen and women in the Western Isles.

The befriending service will provide support and advice to ex servicemen and women from the Western Isles after they leave the Royal Navy, Army, or Royal Air Force.

Scotland’s biggest veteran’s membership charity has set up the new national service as a first point of contact to help veterans of all ages and backgrounds to settle back into civilian life.

There are some 410,000 veterans in Scotland, almost 8% of the population. Legion Scotland’s wellbeing service will provide friendship, advice and connect veterans into local services that can help them cope with changes after leaving military life.

The new service, which was awarded £10,000 funding from the Scottish Government’s Scottish Veterans Fund, will also offer veterans the chance to benefit from the charity’s comradeship activities and free wellbeing and pensions support.

Falklands Veteran and entrepreneur Tony Banks welcomed the service, He said: “It’s important that when you leave service the support is there. It’s not easy to get back to civilian life and ex servicemen and women need to know that it’s okay to ask for help.

“So many men and women who come out of service have to adapt to life with a number of different issues.

“The sooner veterans can get help after leaving service the better.”

The launch of the wellbeing service comes as the charity announced its new brand Legion Scotland as part of a drive to modernise and better meet the changing needs of the ex-service community whether they served 50 years ago or yesterday.

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