Scotland has a new Veterans Commissioner in Susanna Hamilton whose previous post was with Scottish Veterans Residences, as Head of External Relations. It provides housing for former members of the UK Armed Forces who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Speaking about her new appointment Susanna Hamilton said:
“I’m delighted to be appointed as the new Scottish Veterans Commissioner.
“I look forward to building on the work of the previous Commissioners to continue improving support, opportunities and outcomes for Scotland’s veterans community. Through serving in the Royal Navy and working with veterans in the third sector, I know how much veterans and their families have to offer and I will be focused on highlighting the remarkable contribution they make to society.”
Susanna Hamilton served 17-years in the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer Officer .
The Scottish Government has funded a range of organisations and services in its most recent round of funding. 25 projects will share £500,000 from the Scottish Veterans Fund. 14 new projects have received funding allowing a range of organisations to be supported.
The Scottish Veterans Fund has been running for fourteen years and has provided £2.3m to nearly 200 projects supporting veterans and their families in Scotland.
Veterans Secretary in the Scottish Government Keith Brown said:
“Scotland has a long and proud military tradition. There are some fantastic organisations supporting our veterans in Scotland and this funding will help them continue their good work. With the extra money we are able to support a wider range of projects including some brilliant local initiatives.
“We are committed to investing in our veterans and helping them overcome disadvantage experienced as a result of service, as well as aiding projects that help veterans and their families successfully transition to civilian life.”
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