“We’re working to make the UK the best place in the world to be a veteran” – Rachel has said following the launch of the Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan.

The plan has more than 60 commitments, totalling more than £70 million from across government, to increase employment, step up health and wellbeing services and improve data and understanding of the veteran community.

A new recruitment scheme will be launched to fast track veterans into prison officer roles in around 50 prisons in England and Wales.

Departments, including the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and NHS England will also collaborate to step up veterans going into blue light roles and the health service. This will be done through the “Step into Health” scheme in the NHS and a formal network of leads between the Ministry of Defence (MOD), DWP and uniformed services to share best practice.

Ex-service personnel will also be targeted to go from ‘Troops to Teachers’ through a £40,000 training bursary to become a secondary school teacher. The scheme will also allow school students to benefit from the unique skills and insight a military career provides.

The Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative, which guarantees interviews for veterans in the civil service, will also be rolled out to every government department.

More than £20 million of additional funding will be invested in health services in England, bringing further improvements to veterans’ mental health services, also known as Op COURAGE, and to meet physical health needs via the Veterans Trauma Network. More NHS trusts and GP practices than ever before will become veteran-friendly accredited.

Rachel said:

“We’re working to make the UK the best place in the world to be a veteran and I’m well aware of the task ahead for the government with Redditch being home to the 37th Signal Regiment.

“Veterans already make a huge contribution to society and the strategy will step up our commitment to allowing them to live successful and healthy lives after service.”