A Bill of Rights for UK ex-servicemen

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by shagnasty, Mar 8, 2007.

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  1. Following an earlier thread re: an Early Day Motion to get MPs to sign up and to support soldiers returning to civvy street - isn't it time we copied the Spams and enacted something similar to The GI Bill?


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  2. Interesting idea, although UK and US are very different countries. Any chance of a summary of what you think should be in it?
  3. Health care, housing and the ensuring the delivery of entitled benefits would be a start.
  4. Which everyone is entitled to through the NHS and welfare state. I'm all for them to be better than they are now, although that's for the whole population and not just servicemen. The problems with ex-service personnel and council housing certainly need to be sorted too. But what specifically should be in it?
  5. Extract from The Dept. of Veterans Affairs

    Mission Statement

    "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."

    These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation’s veterans and their families.

    We will strive to meet the needs of the Nation’s veterans and their families today and tomorrow by: (1) becoming an even more veteran-focused organization, functioning as a single, comprehensive provider of seamless service to the men and women who have served our Nation; (2) cultivating a dedicated VA workforce of highly skilled employees who understand, believe in, and take pride in our vitally important mission; (3) continuously benchmarking the quality and delivery of our service with the best in business and use innovative means and high technology to deliver world-class service; and (4) fostering partnerships with veterans organizations, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies, state and local veterans organizations, and other stakeholders to leverage resources and enhance the quality of services provided to veterans.

    Core Values

    President Lincoln’s words guide VA today. The men and women of VA are dedicated to fulfilling the Department’s mission and vision and they commit their abilities and energy to continue the rich history of providing for those that have served America. In doing so, we will strive to uphold a set of core values that represent the basic fabric of our organizational culture. These core values are…


    Veterans have earned our respect and commitment, and their health care, benefits, and memorial services needs drive our actions.

    We will value our commitment to veterans through all contingencies and remain fully prepared to achieve our mission

    Can't say fairer than that I suppose.