Publication - Progress report

Veterans and Armed Forces community: Scottish Government support 2021

This report highlights our continuing support for the Veterans and Armed Forces community in Scotland and provides an update on this year’s achievements and work undertaken to improve support and access to services for our Armed Forces, Veterans and their families.

Veterans and Armed Forces community: Scottish Government support 2021
Veterans Strategy Cross-Cutting Factors and Key Themes

Veterans Strategy Cross-Cutting Factors and Key Themes

Cross-Cutting Factors and Themes


This Strategy has a 10 year scope. Through the 10 year timescale, the Strategy addresses the immediate needs of older veterans as well as setting the right conditions for society to empower – and support – the newer generation. Initiatives and proposals will work towards an enduring Vision articulated by three key principles.

Those who have served in the UK Armed Forces, and their families, transition smoothly back into civilian life and contribute fully to a society that understands and values what they have done and what they have to offer.


The Principles articulate in greater detail the strategic objectives of the Vision.

  • Veterans are first and foremost civilians and continue to be of benefit to wider society
  • Veterans are encouraged and enabled to maximise their potential as civilians
  • Veterans are able to access support that meets their needs when necessary, through public and voluntary sectors

These Principles encompass Regular and Reservist Veterans and where appropriate, their families and the bereaved. The focus is on those Veterans of the UK Armed Forces resident in the UK. In due course, we will consider encompassing Veterans who return to or choose to live overseas. These Principles are consistent with, and underpinned by, the Armed Forces Covenant.

Cross-cutting factors

That affect service provision for Veterans across all Key Themes

  • Collaboration
  • Co-ordination
  • Data
  • Perception
  • Recognition

Key themes

That emerged as affecting Veterans' lives

  • Community and relationships
  • Employment, education and skills
  • Finance and debt
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Making a home in civilian society
  • Veterans and the law