Newly-Created Office for Veterans’ Affairs

The creation of the Office for Veterans’ Affairs has seen Oliver Dowden, MP for Hertsmere since 2015, selected for a new position. As part of a large defence shake-up in UK politics, Mr Dowden will represent veterans at the Cabinet table, working alongside Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Cabinet Office Minister Johnny Mercer to form a more holistic approach to veterans’ affairs.

Oliver Dowden, Credit UK Parliament

Mr Johnson announced the opening of the Office, describing the veteran community as the ‘pinnacle of British character’: “It is absolutely right that the government should do all it can to support our armed forces from the day they enlist and for the rest of their lives.

“They have so much to offer our workplaces and wider society and it would be a dereliction of duty not to harness that potential.”

Extraordinary Sacrifices

After the announcement of his new role, Mr Dowden said: “Our veterans have made extraordinary sacrifices for this country and it’s only right that we repay their commitment with the right support and care when they leave service.”

“I’m honoured to take on this role as a champion for veterans across government and will be a voice for their interests at the Cabinet table.”

A progress report on the work of the Office for Veterans’ Affairs will be delivered to the Prime Minister by the end of September. In addition to his new role, Mr Dowden will jointly chair the Ministerial Covenant and Veterans Board with new Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace.

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