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DEFENCE DAILY: Budget Boost For Veterans And More Funds For Commonwealth Ex-Service Personnel

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Budget Boost For Veterans

The Government has outlined how it will spend millions of pounds announced in the budget to help veterans who've served in Britain's armed forces. 

The package of measures includes increased funding for the promotion of mental fitness, a new outreach service by the Veterans' Gateway helpline, and support for a new initiative with service charity SSAFA.

£10 million of extra funding will provide cash for mental health projects directly supporting former service personnel. Charities will be able to bid for the money.

 

UK To Fund Meals For Commonwealth Ex-Service Personnel

More help is to be given to Commonwealth service personnel who served in the British Armed Forces and now face poverty.

Britain is to pay for two meals a day for 7,000 Commonwealth veterans and widows and widowers of veterans in more than 30 countries.

The programme will be delivered through the charity the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League.

 

Veterans Prospects Harmed By Movie Portrayals

A defence minister is warning that film portrayals that depict veterans as "doolally" and psychologically damaged by their time in the forces can blight their chances of getting a job.

Hollywood hits from the Deer Hunter to American Sniper have shown veterans struggling to adapt to civilian life.

Defence Minister and former Army Captain Tobias Ellwood says it paints an untrue and unhelpful picture.

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