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Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Visits Northern Ireland

On February 5th and 6th of this year, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Johnny Mercer MP, embarked on a significant visit to Northern Ireland. His itinerary included visits and discussions with veterans and veteran support organisations across the region. One of the highlights of the visit was the Minister’s interaction with the newly established Veteran […]

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Hot off the press! Veterans’ Newsletter now out

Click here for Veterans Newsletter – January 2024 Hot off the press! It’s finally here – The first 2024 edition of the Veterans’ Newsletter. Don’t miss out on some of the latest updates and stories from our extraordinary veteran community! Don’t want to miss out on future issues? Subscribe now to receive it directly in […]

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PRESS RELEASE: NI Veteran Commissioner’s Response to PPS Decision to Prosecute a Veteran Who Served During Op Banner

8 February 2024 I note the announcement made today by the Public Prosecution Service to bring charges against former soldiers relating to incidents that happened during the Troubles in 1972. It would be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage given that these are live legal cases. However, I would say this, as the […]

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 Veterans ID Card – All you need to know from application process to benefits and more

Article by Julian Perreira (Forces News) 22nd December 2023 Thousands of Armed Forces veterans are able to apply for an ID card, with a new option to apply online. Veteran ID cards are set to be officially launched in January 2024 with a new digital application service to verify the status of former Armed Forces […]

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Why is the OVA Consultation for supporting our veterans so important?

Earlier this week, staff from the Office for Veterans Affairs based in London travelled to Belfast to talk to veterans and key stakeholders about the ongoing UK Veterans Consultation and key themes.  The aim was two fold; to highlight the importance of gaining important information to help shape future policies and also to allow veterans from Northern Ireland an […]

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OVA Conference 2023 – Evidenced Based Decison Making, what its all about?

The Office for Veterans’ Affairs Annual Conference was recently held in York, and brought together key figures and experts to discuss the pivotal role of evidence-based decision-making, particularly emphasising its importance for veterans across the UK. The event was attended by the NI Veterans Commissioner, Danny Kinahan, and Liz Brown, Head of the Northern Ireland […]

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Ulster Defence Regiment collection of paintings – story board life in a Home Regiment during Op Banner.

Exploring the rich tapestry of the Ulster Defence Regiment’s history, this web post delves into a captivating collection of paintings held by the Schomberg Society in Kilkeel. Unveiling the intricacies of home life within the Regiment during a turbulent era, these artworks vividly depict the inherent dangers faced by both part-time and full-time UDR soldiers. […]

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PRESS RELEASE – Poppy Sellers Demonstrate Inspiring Dignity Amidst Unprecedented Adversity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In the face of challenging times for poppy sellers across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, marked by protests and bigotry, their unwavering dignity is truly inspiring. Despite adversity, these dedicated individuals have exemplified resilience and commitment to a cause that unites us all. Remembrance is a time to reflect on the bravery of […]

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Honouring Sacrifice and Service: The ‘We Will Remember’ Operation Banner Exhibition 2023

As we enter the season of remembrance, a poignant and significant event is set to take place in Kilkeel from November 7th to 9th. The “We Will Remember Them” Operation Banner exhibition stands as a powerful testament to the recognition of Home Service Regiments, particularly the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) and the Royal Irish Regiment […]

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