Lewes MP Maria Caulfield has welcomed the creation of the Office of Veterans’ Affairs.
The newly created Office for Veterans’ Affairs inside the Cabinet Office will be staffed by officials from the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence (and others as necessary). The best experts from across Whitehall will now be working together in the Cabinet Office hub on an holistic approach to veterans’ affairs.
The Office will work with departments to coordinate and drive government policy on veterans’ welfare, spanning mental and physical health, education and employment. The head of the Office for Veterans’ Affairs will report jointly to both Ministers.
Oliver Dowden MP (Minister in the Cabinet Office) will work closely with Johnny Mercer MP who has been appointed Minister for Defence People and Veterans. That role will now be a joint Ministry of Defence and Cabinet Office position, in order to allow the Minister to direct the work of the new Office for Veterans’ Affairs. The two ministers will share responsibility for veterans’ affairs.
Maria Caulfield MP said “I regularly come into contact with veterans of all service branches while carrying out my constituency casework, and it is a regular occurrence that the issue that I am contacted with has in someway come about because of the veteran’s service or the impact it has had on them. I know just how important it is that those who serve our country get the support that they deserve, not just when they are serving our country but for the rest of their lives as veterans. We cannot just pay lip service to the brave men and women of our armed forces on Remembrance Day or Armed Forces Day, and I hope that the new Office of Veterans’ Affairs will ensure life long, year round support for veterans across the country.”