A strong voice for NI Veterans

Wishing all our Veterans and families a Happy New Year

It is hard to believe that 2023 is already upon us, with the days getting ever so slightly longer, personal resolutions having been made, and decorations starting to disappear until next Christmas. However, with ‘New Year’s’, come new opportunities and challenges to which we are ready to embrace. Getting information out there I am aware […]

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Review of 2022, a look back.

This year has been an extremely busy period for the NI Veterans Commissioner’s Office. Throughout the course of the year, the office has attended some 330 engagements and events across Northern Ireland as well as the other regions of the United Kingdom and Ireland.  The Commissioner, has been keen to develop and build upon the […]

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‘Veteran Life: untold stories of the people behind the uniform’ 

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council recently launched an exhibition that captures the stories and experiences of local veterans and their families.  Alongside artefacts from across various organisations and private collections these form the ‘Veteran Life: untold stories by the people behind the uniform’ exhibition. The Veterans Commissioner would encourage veterans, their families and the general […]

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Northern Ireland’s first veteran centre ‘Harbour House’ opens in Portavogie

Images – Justin Kernoghan This week has celebrated the opening of Northern Irelands first Veterans Centre, Harbour House in Portavogie. The shining beacon of light for veterans all over Northe rn Ireland and wider afield, Harbour House has been developed, project managed and run by Beyond the Battlefield, one of Northern Irelands home grown service […]

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A letter from Danny Kinahan, the Veterans Commissioner

I note the judgement on Friday past from Mr Justice O’Hara, regarding veteran David Holden, and acknowledge that this has been a long and difficult process for everyone involved. As the Northern Ireland Veterans Commissioner it is my responsibility to speak on behalf of the veterans who served during Operation Banner.  In doing so,  it […]

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Listen Here – BFBS help promote the NI Veterans Health Questionnaire

Last week the Northern Ireland Veterans Commissioner spoke to Rachel Cochrane of BFBS radio as to the reasoning and need for the NI Veterans Health Questionnaire. The Veterans Commissioner, who has been in post for two years recognises the need to help support veteran healthcare in Northern Ireland, and understands the complexity around the issue. […]

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‘We Will Remember’ Exhibition

The Northern Ireland Veterans Commissioner’s Office has facilitated a ‘We Will Remember’ Op Banner exhibition in Cullybackey in the run up to Remembrance weekend. Veterans Commissioner, Mr Danny Kinahan, stated that “as part of my office’s remit, I am keen not only to remember the great contribution, and indeed sacrifice, that many service personnel made […]

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Veterans’ Survey

The government has launched the first ever UK-wide survey, for veterans and their families.
Over the next 12 weeks, veterans across the country are able to complete the survey to shape the future of veteran services. Funded and commissioned by the Office of Veterans’ Affairs, this is the first ever exercise to collect feedback from the entire veterans community across the UK. […]

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NI Veterans Commissioner’s Video Message. A chance to Reflect and Remember – Remembrance 2022.

During this Remembrance period in 2022, when for the first time in decades war battles in Europe, the Northern Ireland Veterans Commissioner Danny Kinahan reflects on the significance of Remembrance and the fragility of peace. […]

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The first Veterans Awards for Northern Ireland celebrate success and progress

In January of this year, the Northern Ireland Veterans Commissioner Danny Kinahan, met with Jason Gilliard, a veteran and organiser of the first Northern Irish veterans Awards; following in the footsteps of the Scottish, English and Welsh Veteran awards that are already established annual events. Jason’s infectious enthusiasm, ‘can do’ attitude and self belief that […]

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