The Scottish Veterans Commissioner (SVC) works to improve the lives and opportunities of the veterans community in Scotland. They do this by engaging with members of the ex-Service community. They also engage with the public, private and voluntary organisations that represent them.
Support for Veterans
Role and responsibilities
The Commissioner is independent from the Scottish Government. The postholder gives impartial advice on how to improve support for the veterans community. They give this advice to both the government and other public sector organisations. The role is a non-statutory one. This means it’s not about inspection, scrutiny or enforcement.
The Commissioner is an ambassador for all veterans in Scotland. They help public services and other’s focus on how veterans experience services. In particular, the experience of veterans who may still ‘slip through the net’.
The Commissioner is not an ombudsman or regulator. This means they cannot take on individual cases.
An important part of the Commissioner’s role is to help make sure we recognise veterans for their skills and attributes. They promote veterans as valuable assets to their local communities and highlight the contribution veterans make to the wider Scottish economy.
All reports published by the Scottish Veterans Commissioner can be found on the Commissioner’s website.