Ministry of Defence – Members, Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee



Body: MoD – DBS VETS

Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Defence, Health

Location: Various according to regional VAPC

Skills Required: Communication / Media / Marketing, HR, Legal / Judicial

Number of Vacancies: Various according to regional VAPC

Remuneration: Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be paid

Time Requirements: Two to four meetings per year plus some casework

Application Deadline: 23:00 on Friday 2nd November, 2018

Vacancy Description

The Minister for Defence People and Veterans is seeking to make the above voluntary public appointments in the following regions: Wales, South East, North East, Northern Ireland, West Scotland, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber and East Midlands. Are you the person we need, can you carry out the functions and duties? Then apply as below:


The Veterans Advisory & Pensions Committee is a Non-Departmental Public Body divided into 13 regional committees. Each Committee’s main functions are to:

  • Act as advocates for implementing the Armed Forces Covenant ( and work in partnership with local authorities and other stakeholders to develop and deliver associated measures associated measures within the region.
  • Raise awareness, within their region, of the Armed Forces Covenant and associated issues, the War Pension Scheme, Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, the Veterans Welfare Service and the availability of x-Government support to the Armed Forces, their families and Veterans.
  • Assist veterans and their families in accessing local support services and to provide assistance and guidance to individuals in accessing the War Pension Scheme and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. To provide an independent element to the Veterans UK complaints process relating to those schemes.
  • Based on their involvement in the wider process and their contact with individuals in the local areas, act as a conduit for local consultation by Ministers, the Ministry of Defence and the Veterans UK on issues affecting recipients of a pension/compensation from the War Pension and Armed Forces Compensation Schemes.

Responsibilities and Skills

The VAPC Chairperson and members play a central role in promoting the interests and welfare of Veterans and their families The committees meet between 2 and 4 times per year and members are expected to be involved in a wide range of activities, between these relating to the delivery of the functions of the committee set out above. The veterans’ arena is a huge space and there is always more that can be done; the VAPC role can therefore take as much of your time as you are willing and able to give.

Annex A lists the regional committees that are looking for new Members. The South East Committee would welcome in particular, applications from women, ex-Royal Navy Personnel and applicants with strong links to Kent. The Wales Committee would like to see applications from people with Welsh language skills to assist with publicity material. The West Midlands Committee would benefit from new Members with strong connections to Rugby, Coventry and Birmingham. If however, you don’t fall into any of these groups, we would still welcome your application. What is most important is that candidates should have a real commitment to supporting Veterans and their Families.

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