Scottish Veterans Fund Announcement

Veterans Scotland is delighted to confirm that the Scottish Veterans Fund is now open for bids. The Scottish Government is continuing to support members of the ex-Service Community in Scotland through this fund, the total value of which is £120,000 and it is available to organisations who are supporting veterans. Grants of up to £10,000 are available from the fund.

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Gulf 25: Investment in Gulf War Illnesses Research

January 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of combat operations in the First Gulf War, which saw 53,462 Service personnel deployed to the Persian Gulf region in Operation Granby. Active combat operations in the Gulf commenced on 17 January 1991, when RAF Tornado GR1s first targeted Iraqi airbases, and concluded on 28 February of that same year. Despite the loss of forty seven UK Service personnel – nine to US friendly fire – the war was widely considered to have been both a military and medical success, although these assertions have since been challenged on account of the ongoing political unrest in the region and the emergence of Gulf War Illnesses among veterans deployed to that theatre of conflict.

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Best-selling author hosts evenings to raise money for local charities

International best-selling author, Jack Higgins, known for major titles such as ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ and ‘A Prayer for the Dying’, is hosting two evenings for charity.

Mr Higgins will be interviewed by celebrity interviewer, Ian Haydn Smith, to discuss his life, his books and his films. There will also be readings, film clips, a question and answer session, and book signing.

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£93,900 Awarded to review the assessment of Veterans’ Mental Health needs in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Building on the well-received Joint Health Needs Assessment (JHNA) England review of 2015, which was co-created by Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and NHS England, and conducted by Community Innovations Enterprise (CIE), FiMT has awarded a further grant to CIE to conduct follow-on reviews for each of the devolved nations.

FiMT, established to help ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful transition back to civilian life, has awarded a grant of £93,900 to CIE to review whether the mental and related health needs of veterans and their family members are being assessed appropriately in each of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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