Scotland recognises the sacrifice of the armed forces, veterans and their families.

We aim to put the needs of the armed forces and veterans community at the forefront of policy thinking, development and delivery.

This includes ensuring that ex-servicemen and women receive appropriate support and advice to help them with their transition to civilian life.


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Our veterans and armed forces community are an asset to society and we are committed to making Scotland the destination of choice for service leavers and their families.

While the majority make an effective transition to civilian life there are a small number of veterans who face challenges.

We believe no-one should suffer disadvantage as a result of their service, and that they deserve the best help that society can deliver.

We have established a range of measures to support the veterans and armed forces communityacross healthcare, housing, education, justice, skills and employability. Full details are available in Renewing our commitments.

In 2014 we appointed the first Scottish Veterans Commissioner to act as an ambassador for veterans and make recommendations for improving services for armed forces personnel.

A toolkit aimed at encouraging businesses proactively to recruit and benefit from employing veterans was launched by Veterans Minister Keith Brown on 21 March 2017; he hopes that the toolkit will encourage businesses across Scotland to recognise the positive contribution veterans can make to their workforce.

We are a full partner in Scotland’s Firm Base arrangements, which ensures that the military and civil society work together to care for serving personnel, veterans and their families in an approach that also brings benefits to the wider community.

Bills and legislation

Legislation relating to the veterans and armed forces community is listed on the website.


Email: Central Enquiries Unit 

Phone: 0131 244 4000 

Scottish Government
Defence Policy Unit, St Andrews House
Regent Road