Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MS, Samuel Kurtz today welcomed the UK Government announcement that Wales is set to receive its first-ever Veterans Commissioner.
The role of the Commissioner is set to act as a voice for all ex-servicemen and women, across a whole host of different matters, including health and housing.
Despite numerous requests to do so, the Welsh Government had previously refused to establish the position, resulting in the UK Government stepping in and funding the role as part of their wider UK Veterans Strategy.
Speaking about the announcement, Samuel Kurtz MS said:
“This is welcome news for veterans right across West Wales. For far too long, our ex-service personnel have often been an afterthought to the decisions made by Welsh Government in Cardiff Bay.
“However, thanks to the UK Government, veterans will be given their due priority. Focus can now be on ensuring there is first-class support in place for all ex-armed forces personnel; making sure we look after those that have sacrificed so much.
“The transition away from active service is often a difficult one, that’s why it’s vitally important that our veterans have the access to the support and help they need.
“Our nation has a long and proud history of supporting our armed forces, long may this continue.”