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Veterans: Jobcentres To Bolster Armed Forces Champions Network

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The Armed Forces Champions Network – which offers extra help to veterans with getting back into work and accessing benefits – is to be bolstered in UK Jobcentres.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is boosting its network of 'champions' to have a dedicated person in every Jobcentre Plus district in the country to offer tailored support for veterans and their families.

The 50 'champions' will be stationed across the UK and overseen by a team of 11 Armed Forces Champions Leads – making sure training and support offered is consistent.

Many of the Armed Forces Champions in Jobcentres have previously served in the Armed Forces and can draw upon their own experiences to help veterans.

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Eleven Armed Forces Champions Leads will ensure consistent training and support is offered across the country (Picture: British Army).

Minister for Welfare Delivery Will Quince said: "The Armed Forces do our country proud and we are forever grateful to them for the sacrifices they make in order to serve our nation. 

"It's not just about recognising that, though, veterans offer a range of transferrable skills like no other – they are a goldmine of talent.  

"This network will provide specialist one-to-one support to veterans and their families as they take the first steps to find a job and receive the financial support they are entitled to, helping them better readjust to civilian life," he added.

Sarah Mallaghan, DWP Armed Forces Champions manager for Wales, said: "It can be a massive culture shock for those leaving the Armed Forces.

"This network will ultimately help to ensure the right people are out there providing the right kind of support where it's needed when it's needed."