New Scottish Veterans Lieutenant Commander (retired) Susie Hamilton (Picture: ScotsVeteransComm Twitter).

The new Scottish Veterans Commissioner is Lieutenant Commander (retired) Susie Hamilton (Picture: @ScotVeteranComm).

Scotland

Navy veteran becomes first woman to be appointed Scotland's Veteran Commissioner

The former Navy officer has been described as "a great champion for veterans".

New Scottish Veterans Lieutenant Commander (retired) Susie Hamilton (Picture: ScotsVeteransComm Twitter).

The new Scottish Veterans Commissioner is Lieutenant Commander (retired) Susie Hamilton (Picture: @ScotVeteranComm).

A former Navy officer has become the first woman to be appointed Scotland's Veterans Commissioner.

Lieutenant Commander (Ret'd) Susanna Hamilton takes over from Colonel (Ret'd) Charlie Wallace, who stepped down from the role earlier this year.

Since leaving the Royal Navy, Ms Hamilton has worked with Scottish Veterans Residences – a charity providing housing to former members of the Armed Forces who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Lt Cdr (Ret'd) Hamilton said she was delighted to be appointed as the new Scottish Veterans Commissioner.

"I look forward to building on the work of the previous commissioners to continue improving support, opportunities and outcomes for Scotland's veterans community.

"Through serving in the Royal Navy and working with veterans in the third sector, I know how much veterans and their families have to offer, and I will be focused on highlighting the remarkable contribution they make to society," she added.

The appointment comes as increased funding to support former service personnel in Scotland is announced.

The Scottish Veterans Fund will see 25 projects sharing £500,000 of support – up from £200,000 last year.

Scottish Veterans Minister Keith Brown said: "Scotland has a long and proud military tradition.

"There are some fantastic organisations supporting our veterans in Scotland and this funding will help them continue their good work."

He said the extra money means there will be support for a wider range of projects, including some "brilliant local initiatives".

"We are committed to investing in our veterans and helping them overcome disadvantages experienced as a result of service, as well as aiding projects that help veterans and their families successfully transition to civilian life."

He described the new Veterans Commissioner as "a great champion for our veterans" with "extensive experience working in the third sector helping homeless former military personnel".

"The first-hand experience Ms Hamilton will bring to the role is going to ensure our veterans continue to get the best support and representation possible," he said.