Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Richard Lochhead MSP this week welcomed the Scottish Veterans Commissioner, Eric Fraser, to Moray to meet with local veterans.

Mr Lochhead, who is Vice Chair of the Cross Party Group on Armed Forces and Veterans in the Scottish Parliament, invited the Commissioner to Moray to hear about the experiences of veterans who live locally.  The Veterans Commissioner met with the veterans, including the Chair of the Forres Legion Branch, at the Legion in Forres.

Speaking after the meeting, Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“Scotland is the first part of the UK to have a dedicated Veterans Commissioner looking at how public services deal with veterans. 

“Moray has a great deal to offer people once they’ve left the armed forces and it is testament to the strong relationship the area has with the armed forces that so many personnel choose to stay here once they leave the services.

“The Veterans Commissioner’s role is clearly very important to Moray with veterans being a large and key part our communities.  We need to get a better understanding of the needs of Moray’s veterans, whether that be in relation to the support they receive when they leave the services or in relation employment, health care or housing.    

“I was delighted that the Commissioner took the time to visit Moray and I’m pleased that he has promised to come back again the near future to meet more veterans living locally to hear about their experiences.”