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UK Government Set To Establish Veterans Commissioner For Wales

Veterans Commissioners aim to improve the lives of former personnel by working with private and voluntary organisations that represent them.

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The UK Government is looking at ways to establish the first-ever Veterans Commissioner for Wales.

Simon Hart, Secretary of State for Wales, announced the plans at an annual St David's Day debate in Parliament.

Mr Hart told Parliament the UK Government was actively exploring the possibility of establishing Wales' first Veterans Commissioner.

"The Armed Forces have a long and important tradition in Wales and we are exceptionally proud of our Welsh veterans," he said.

"Our ex-servicemen and women and their families deserve recognition, support and respect throughout the duration of their service and beyond."

Simon Hart, Secretary of State for Wales, announced the plans at the annual St David's Day debate in Parliament (Picture: UK Parliament).

Veterans Commissioners look to improve the lives of former personnel by working with the public and private and voluntary organisations that represent them.

Mr Hart added the plans would be a hugely important step for veterans in Wales and their families and would help meet the UK Government's ambition of making the United Kingdom the best place in the world to be a veteran.

Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, said: "The Armed Forces protect the entire United Kingdom and so it's right that we do everything we can to support veterans when they leave service.

"A Veterans Commissioner for Wales would be an important step forward for supporting ex-service personnel in the nation and recognises Wales' proud military contribution."

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