Ex-servicemen and women living in Scotland are facing higher levels of deprivation than those in other parts of the UK, a new study by combatstress.org.uk shows.
Combat Stress has found that veterans living north of the border are facing greater difficulties with issues like income and employment when compared to former military personnel in other parts of the country.
The charity has seen referrals to its service for veterans with mental health problems increase by over 70% in the last five years.
Half of those registered with the organisation in Scotland live in the three most deprived areas of the region. Chief Executive Sue Freeth has said:
“The findings from our new report highlight the significant challenges that Scottish veterans face. The 71% increase in referrals that we have experienced in the last five years illustrates the rising demand for Combat Stress’ services. We welcome support for veterans and our work from the Scottish Government, including the Scottish Veterans Fund".
She also said that:
“We hope... government, support agencies, and charities can work together to minimise the challenges faced by veterans who are already dealing with a range of complex issues”.