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Sep 8, 2023: A round-up of my engagements from August.
Highlights from my first year as Commissioner
Aug 25, 2023: Some reflections on my first year in post, the people I've met, and the things I've learned.
Aug 23, 2023: A summary of my first year in post and some information on my upcoming work.
June and July Round-up
Aug 3, 2023: A round-up of the latest news from The Scottish Veterans Commissioner for June and July 2023.
Jun 9, 2023: News from the Scottish Veterans Commissioner for May 2023
Visit to Sight Scotland's Hawkhead Centre in Paisley
May 15, 2023: I very much enjoyed my visit to the Hawkhead Centre, and it was a privilege to meet and chat with many of the veterans who attend.
Coronation of King Charles III
May 6, 2023: This is a momentous day as we celebrate the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
May 1, 2023: News from the Scottish Veterans Commissioner for April 2023
Celebrating Scotland’s Veterans
Apr 21, 2023: I was privileged to attend not one, but two awards ceremonies celebrating some of the amazing achievements of Scotland’s veterans community.
Mar 24, 2023: News from the Scottish Veterans Commissioner for March 2023.
Feb 17, 2023: Northern Ireland visit, French Veterans’ Minister meeting and Pride in Veterans Standard.
Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company
Feb 9, 2023: I met with the inspiring team at Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company – a social enterprise providing meaningful employment and accredited training for veterans.
Veterans Housing Scotland
Jan 6, 2023: I attended the launch of Veterans Housing Scotland’s campaign to secure 25 more homes for veterans by 2025.
Dec 14, 2022: See Me explored the experiences of veterans all over Scotland to launch The Guard campaign, which aims to encourages veterans who are struggling with their mental health to ask for help more quickly.
Forces Children Scotland
Dec 1, 2022: I met with Laura Falconer and Carly Elliott of Forces Children Scotland to hear more about their broad programme of work supporting children and young people from Forces and Veteran families.
New Veterans Commissioner assesses how far we’ve come in making things better for Scotland’s veterans
Nov 16, 2022: Scotland’s Veterans Commissioner (SVC) today published her assessment of progress in the delivery of recommendations made to Scottish Ministers which aim to make things better for Scotland’s 250,000 veterans and their families.
John Muir Way
Nov 16, 2022: Earlier this year, a team of veterans, serving personnel from 6SCOTS, and staff from Sacro’s Veterans Mentoring and Forces of Nature services came together to complete the 134-mile John Muir Way.
Progress Report 2022
Nov 16, 2022: On 16 November I published my first independent assessment of progress in the delivery of recommendations made to Scottish Ministers which aim to make things better for Scotland’s 250,000 veterans and their families.
Scottish Poppy Appeal and Remembrance
Nov 11, 2022: A key event in the veteran community’s calendar for many reasons, I was delighted to attend the Parliamentary Reception for the launch of the Scottish Poppy Appeal.
Engagements, events and activities
Oct 14, 2022: A snapshot of some of the many engagements, events and activities the Scottish Veterans Commissioner, Lt Cdr (retired) Susie Hamilton has undertaken since starting her role.
New Scottish Veterans Commissioner Announced
Jul 13, 2022: The new Scottish Veterans Commissioner has been announced as Lieutenant Commander (retired) Susie Hamilton.
Commissioner calls for early implementation of the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan in his third and final report on getting transition right in Scotland
Mar 28, 2022: A report published today by the Scottish Veterans Commissioner says that the healthcare needs of those transitioning from the armed forces must not be neglected as the NHS struggles to recover from the Pandemic. The report examines provision of healthcare for veterans in Scotland and makes four recommendations to enable a more seamless transition to the civilian world.
Veterans Commissioner reports on progress against recommendations put forward to improve Veterans’ services and support in Scotland
Nov 5, 2021: Charlie Wallace, Scotland’s Veterans Commissioner today published his third annual assessment of progress made against recommendations put forward by his office for improving services and support for veterans and their families living in Scotland.
Veterans Commissioner says too many Service leavers are still ‘falling through the net’ when it comes to finding a home after serving their country
Jun 30, 2021: A new report launched today by the Scottish Veterans Commissioner has called for improvements to the housing support and provision for Service leavers in Scotland after finding that over half of Service leavers move on from Service without housing arrangements that fully meet their needs in place.
Government needs to think differently about transition to give Service leavers and veterans the best life chances
Dec 7, 2020: A new report launched today by Scottish Veterans Commissioner Charlie Wallace calls for the UK Government to lead an overhaul of the transition model, which shapes and supports the journey and experience of military personnel returning to civilian life.
Support for Scotland’s veterans has improved, but they mustn’t be left behind in nation’s COVID-19 recovery plans
Nov 17, 2020: The Scottish Veterans Commissioner (SVC) Charlie Wallace has published his second annual independent assessment of the Scottish Government’s progress on supporting veterans in Scotland.
Don’t Forget Veterans’ Needs in Scotland’s COVID-19 Recovery Plans
Jun 25, 2020: The Scottish Veterans Commissioner, Charlie Wallace, today released an interim ‘snapshot’ of progress against his evidence-based recommendations for government, aimed at improving services and support for Veterans and their families living in Scotland.
‘Win-Win’ for our Veterans and Labour Market if we can get Transition from the Armed Forces into Civilian Life Right
Nov 28, 2019: The right support towards a positive destination rather than just any destination is needed for veterans to reach their full potential on civvy street, with the benefits of ‘a good transition’ reaching far beyond individuals themselves.
Scottish Veterans Commissioner ‘ups’ scrutiny and publishes his independent assessment of progress
Jun 11, 2019: According to an independent assessment published today by the Scottish Veterans Commissioner Charlie Wallace, progress on supporting veterans in Scotland is to be applauded. However, there is more to do to ensure our veterans continue to receive the best possible levels of support and the services they need.
Scottish Veterans Commissioner visits Erskine
Feb 4, 2019: Charlie Wallace, the Scottish Veterans Commissioner, last week visited the Erskine Veterans Village in Bishopton, meeting with Chief Executive Ian Cumming MBE.
Scottish Veterans Commissioner visits the Bravest Manufacturing Company in Scotland
Jan 31, 2019: Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company (SBMC) has today welcomed a visit from the Scottish Veterans Commissioner, Charlie Wallace, ahead of its official launch later this year.
Charlie Wallace announced as new Scottish Veterans Commissioner
Jun 29, 2018: Veterans Minister Graeme Dey has announced the appointment of Charles (Charlie) Wallace’s as the new Scottish Veterans Commissioner. His appointment will start in the autumn.