THE Scottish Government has announced a £950,000 investment to help improve the health and wellbeing of older veterans in Scotland over the next three years.

The funding was awarded to the Unforgotten Forces partnership of armed forces and civilian charities, who deliver support for ex-service men and women over the age of 60 in Scotland.

The funding will help continue their work until March 2026.

Led and coordinated by the national charity for older people Age Scotland, Unforgotten Forces was set up in 2017 and has been previously funded by the Scottish Government since 2020.

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Graeme Dey MSP, the Scottish Government Minister for Veterans said: “The Scottish Government is wholehearted in our commitment to ensuring that our Armed Forces community receive the best support that we can offer. They are an integral part of our society with a considerable contribution to make.

“I am always impressed by the vital support provided by the veterans’ charitable sector here in Scotland, their hard work and their dedication.

"I am delighted that we are able to continue to fund the excellent work of the Unforgotten Forces consortium. The success of the consortium illustrates the real value that can be generated from collaboration and the sharing of best practise across the third sector.”

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Frank Gribben, Unforgotten Forces co-ordinator for Age Scotland, said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has recognised the value of Unforgotten Forces and the needs of the older veteran’s community, and has invested such a large amount in the partnership that supports them.

“This will allow us, over the next three years, to continue providing older members of Scotland’s ex-Armed Forces community with a wide range of social opportunities and activities to improve their health and wellbeing, with tailored and high-quality support where it is needed.

“We are proud that the partnership has asked Age Scotland to continue leading and coordinating Unforgotten Forces and we really welcome the opportunity to do so.”