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Veterans: Mental Health

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 27th June 2018.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Chair, Defence Sub-Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2018 to Question 151105 on Veterans: Social Security Benefits, what training is offered by his Department to staff of the Department for Work and Pensions to increase their understanding of veterans' mental health.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence's Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) works closely with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and provides regular briefings on the remit of the VWS to the designated Armed Forces Champions in DWP, many of whom are ex-Service personnel.

The VWS uses these opportunities to raise awareness of veterans' issues, including mental health. VWS staff also participate in Armed Forces Covenant meetings, which include members of DWP and many of the Service charities.

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