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

We aim to ensure that ex-servicemen and women are not disadvantaged and receive appropriate support and advice in helping them with their transition to civilian life.


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

We have:

  • appointed the first Scottish Veterans Commissioner to act as an ambassador for veterans and make recommendations for improving services for Armed Forces personnel
  • established the Scottish Veterans Fund to support projects that provide a wide range of advice and practical support to veterans across Scotland
  • launched the Strategy For Our Veterans along with the other UK governments, setting out the vision, principles and aims which will drive our support for veterans in the future.

  • published a guide to housing for people leaving the armed forces and ex-service personnel
  • provided more than £360,000 in funding to Veterans Scotland to assist the organisation in building capacity and to support a number of specific programmes for the veterans community
  • established a network of Armed Forces and Veterans Champions in NHS Boards, Scottish local authorities and Police Scotland
  • become 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


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

A range of measures to support the veterans and armed forces community have been established across healthcare, housing, education, justice, skills and employability. Full details are available in Renewing Our Commitments.

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.

Bills and legislation

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


Email: ceu@gov.scot - Central Enquiry Unit

Telephone: 0131 244 4000 or 0300 244 4000 (for local rate throughout UK and for mobiles) - Central Enquiry Unit

Scottish Government
Defence Policy Unit St Andrews House
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