Scottish Veterans Commissioner

The Scottish Veterans Commissioner (SVC) helps deliver improved outcomes for the ex-Service community in Scotland. These outcomes are delivered by engaging with members of the ex-Service community and public, private and voluntary organisations that represent them. He isn't an ombudsman or regulator and isn't able to take forward individual cases.

Reports and publications

The Scottish Veterans Commissioner has published a number of reports since he was appointed which you can read below.

The Transition in Scotland report (2015) looked at the challenges faced by servicemen and women as they transition into civilian life. It made a number of recommendations on how we can improve transition for those looking to resettle in Scotland.

The Report on the provision of information on Housing for Service Leavers and Veterans in Scotland (2015) recommended changes to improve the quality and accessibility of housing information for the ex-Service community in Scotland. You can find more information on housing in Scotland here.

The Veterans Community - Employability, Skills and Learning (2016) advised Scottish Ministers on improving employment and learning opportunities for veterans in Scotland.

You can read the Scottish Government Response to the Veterans Community - Employability, Skills and Learning report here.

The Commissioner recently published a short “think-piece” on key health issues for the veterans community, Veterans’ Health & Wellbeing in Scotland: Are we getting it right? (2017). This report will be followed by at least two further reports going into more detail on these issues and making recommendations to the Scottish Government and its partners to improve the health outcomes of our veterans.

If you would like to know more about the work of the commissioner or have some feedback on our reports, please get in touch using the contact details below.

Support for Veterans

About the commissioner

Eric Fraser CBE

Scottish Veterans Commisioner

The Scottish Veterans Commissioner (SVC), provides impartial advice to the Scottish Government and other public sector organisations on how to support the veterans community. The Commissioner operates independent of the Scottish Government and is non-statutory. His role isn't about inspection, scrutiny or enforcement. He isn't an ombudsman or regulator and isn't able to take forward individual cases.

Eric took up his role as Scotland’s first ever Veterans Commissioner in August 2014. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University and joined the Royal Navy in 1976. During a 37-year career he served in a wide range of appointments both at sea and ashore.

During his time in uniform Eric commanded HMS GUERNSEY & HMS BOXER, served twice in the UK’s joint HQ and completed his career with a tour as UK Naval Attaché to the USA, based in Washington DC.

He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009.



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