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Ex-servicemen: Falklands War

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will increase the level of support for veterans of the Falklands War. (107840)

The Government are committed to providing excellent support for all veterans with problems arising from their service in the armed forces, irrespective of the theatre in which they served; there have been no unique needs identified among those who served in the Falklands Conflict which would lead us to introduce arrangements specifically for them.

The support provided includes:

excellent resettlement support;

generous pension and compensation benefits;

a wide range of welfare support services which includes:

specific welfare support when an individual is seriously injured or bereaved;

advice, guidance and practical help to War Pensioners and War Widows(ers) through the War Pensions Welfare Service; and a signposting service to veterans more widely through the Veterans Agency Helpline and website which cover the range of issues affecting veterans.

The MOD continues to develop improved services where gaps are identified, for example in the provision of mental health services that meet the particular needs of veterans. Such improvements are for the benefit of all veterans.

Veterans of the Falklands Conflict will have a key role to play in the commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict next year and we are working closely with veterans’ associations as we develop our plans.