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Northern Ireland Veteran Commissioner’s response to announcement of the NI Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill   – 17 May 2022

The introduction of the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill is a tentative step in the right direction for progressing how we deal with the very emotive subject of legacy. As Veterans Commissioner for Northern Ireland, I have a duty to represent and articulate the views of veterans who served during Operation Banner and […]

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UK Armed Forces Veterans Mental Health Study

Many studies are undertaken to help shape and better provide for mental health provision within our society. As Veterans many of us have very niche traumatic experiences that cannot be well communicated to those outside the service community. Therefore having the opportunity to help others understand our experiences through academic studies, can help to shape […]

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The Ulster Defence Regiment CGC

The Ulster Defence Regiment became operational on 1st April 1970 in response to the demand for additional troops to support the civil powers in Northern Ireland. The Regiment was on continuous operational service for a period of twenty-two years, a distinction held by no other Regiment in the history of the British Army. In 1992 […]

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‘You Matter’ – NI Veterans suicide prevention project launched

Official Launch of You Matter veterans project – Tuesday 15 March 2022 The Veterans Commissioner, Mr Danny Kinahan, attended the official launch of the You Matter programme on Tuesday 15 March.  The Commissioner stated the following: “One of my key aims, as Veterans Commissioner, is to ensure that every veteran living in Northern Ireland knows […]

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Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan: 2022 to 2024

Policy Paper How the government will support veterans over the next 2 years.From:Cabinet Office, Office for Veterans’ Affairs, and Veterans UKPublished19 January 2022 Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan: 2022 to 2024 (PDF) Ref: ISBN 978-1-5286-3024-5, CP 598PDF, 6.13 MB, 55 pagesOrder a copy This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.Request an accessible format. Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan: 2022 […]

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March 2022 – So far.

The NI Veterans Commissioner spent two days in London undertaking a number of engagements, representing and advocating on behalf of veterans’ in Northern Ireland. He had the opportunity to catch up with Leo Docherty MP, Minister of Defence People and Veterans and raised a number of issues, including the need to deliver a fully resourced, […]

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Veterans Commissioner Update – February 2022

Engagement As Veterans Commissioner I continue to travel the length and breadth of Northern Ireland speaking to as many veterans as I can. Whether this is via a local Royal British Legion branch, UDR or other  Regimental Association, or indeed community groups. These engagements are extremely useful and valuable for me to hear first hand […]

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Veterans Information Roadshows are GO!

Veterans Commissioner Danny Kinahan promotes veteran friendly services yesterday at the first veterans Information Roadshow held yesterday in Cookstown.

The Northern Ireland Veterans Commissioner’s Office held its first Veterans’ Information Roadshow this week in Cookstown.  The aim of the Information Roadshows is to better inform veterans of ‘veteran friendly’ services and organisations within their local and regional areas that can assist, if and when needed.  In Cookstown there was an excellent turnout from the […]

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Happy New Year & What to look forward to in 2022

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2022 and take this opportunity to highlight some opportunities that are being developed for you in 2022. While the last few years have been challenging for everyone, there have been huge strides forward to improve and develop veteran services in Northern Ireland. This has […]

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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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