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UK Veterans Family Study

The UK Veterans Family Study is a collaborative research project exploring the mental health and well-being of UK Armed Forces Veteran families and will be launching a major survey on Monday, 22 November.  Are you a spouse/intimate partner or child (now 18+) of a military veteran living in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland? If […]

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Blue Light Discount Card – Veterans Included

The Blue Light Discount Card is a discount service for the emergency services, NHS, social care sector and Armed Forces (including veterans), providing members with thousands of amazing discounts online and on the high street. For just £4.99, members of the blue light community can register for 2-years access to more than 15,000 discounts from […]

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NI Veterans Commissioner Danny Kinahan remembers Dennis Hutchings

Death of veteran Dennis Hutchings  I am incredibly sad to learn of the passing of veteran Dennis Hutchings in hospital in Belfast. I have known Dennis for a number of years, and again in the last few weeks have witnessed a man who accepts the rule of law and was determined to clear his name once and for all despite […]

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Demonisation is most painful issue for veterans

Over the course of the last twelve months Northern Ireland Veterans Commissioner Danny Kinahan has met with, listened to and visited as many veterans as possible across Northern Ireland. Danny has listened to veteran concerns and is passionate about doing his best to advocate for what has been an under represented community for years. In […]

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Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) Memorial at Ballyclare War Memorial Park

A UDR Memorial was unveiled in a special service of dedication at Ballyclare War Memorial Park on Thursday 27 May. The service, led by Deputy Lieutenant for County Antrim , Mr Edward Montgomery MBE, DL and Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Jim Montgomery, paid tribute to The Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), an infantry regiment of the British Army from 1970-1992. Amongst […]

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The Pursuit of Fairness

Since taking up post, the Veterans Commissioner for Northern Ireland, Danny Kinahan, has dedicated himself to ascertaining the real experiences of veterans living in Northern Ireland. Understanding these ingrained issues within the complexities of Northern Ireland Legacy is key in the pursuit of fairness for veterans. Last week Danny Kinahan travelled to London and met […]

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Commissioner’s statement on the death of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

Crest for the Northern Ireland Veterans Commission

The Northern Ireland Veterans Commissioner, Danny Kinahan has expressed his sadness at the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. He said:  “On behalf of the veteran community here in Northern Ireland, I would like to convey our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family. “Prince Philip […]

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My first six months in office – Danny Kinahan

I thought it would be useful to bring you up to speed on what I’ve been doing during my first six months in office as Northern Ireland’s Veterans Commissioner.  Here’s a snapshot of some of the key areas I’ve been working on:- My office is now up and running in Stormont House and we’ve developed […]

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Commissioner welcomes reconvening of Armed Forces Liaison Forum

Danny Kinahan, Veterans Commissioner for Northern Ireland

The Veterans Commissioner has made his first address to the Armed Forces Liaison Forum, following its relaunch by the Health Minister Robin Swann, after a two-year absence. The AFLF is hosted by the Department of Health and its membership includes a range of statutory and voluntary organisations such as the NI-wide health and social care […]

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Anniversary of first soldier killed in NI

Crest for the Northern Ireland Veterans Commission

Today, 6 February, marks the 50th anniversary of the first soldier to be killed by a direct terrorist action during the Northern Ireland Troubles. Aged just 20 and a member of The Royal Artillery, Gunner Robert Curtis was shot dead by an IRA sniper while on foot patrol in the New Lodge area of Belfast.  […]

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