South Thanet MP, Craig Mackinlay, has welcomed an announcement by the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, that the government will create a new Office for Veterans’ Affairs to provide lifelong support to military personnel.
Oliver Dowden has been appointed Minister representing veterans in Cabinet. He will work closely with Johnny Mercer who has been appointed Minister for Defence People and Veterans.
This is the first time that veterans’ affairs will be overseen by dedicated ministers in the Cabinet Office to ensure the whole of government pulls together to drive policy on veterans’ welfare, including mental and physical health, education and employment, delivering life-long support.
Craig Mackinlay MP commented:
“Veterans have so much to offer our workplaces and wider society and it would be a dereliction of duty not to harness that potential.
“That’s why it is so important that the new Office for Veterans’ Affairs delivers the care our veterans need and deserve.
“And while we are at it, we must also end the vexatious ‘witch hunts’ of our veterans in the courts and enshrine the Military Covenant into law.
“This is further excellent news and welcome policy by Boris and his new Government.”