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Remembrance Sunday 2018

Remembrance Sunday 2018

Posted by: admin | 09 November 2018| Categories: Events , Team News , Reports

Looking to the Future this Remembrance Sunday


2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. It’s a time for the nation to reflect on the contributions of those who served in the two world wars, as well as later conflicts.


As Remembrance Sunday approaches, we’ve asked ourselves: how can Scotland make the next hundred years better than the last for our nation’s veterans? To answer this question, we turned to Veterans' Charity Erskine, who provide support to veterans in Scotland through four care homes and a Veterans Village.


Here’s what Wing Commander Ian Cumming MBE, Chief Executive of Erskine, had to say:


“To make life better for veterans, please simply set your assumptions aside.  Veterans are no different from any other individual member of society. To that end, they will all have different backgrounds, strengths, weaknesses, personalities and personal hang-ups.


“Each of them joined the military for their own personal reasons, and will have had their own personal experience of it. Each of them deals with those experiences differently and reflects on them uniquely.


“Don’t think of veterans as either autocrats or automatons,” continued Ian. “If you must make an assumption, assume they are decent and public-spirited members of society – worthy of ordinary respect, inclusion and the chance to contribute.”


Setting assumptions aside is the first step we must take, from professionals to members of the public, in treating veterans with the same level of respect and inclusivity we would show anyone else.


At the Forum, we believe it’s important to acknowledge the contributions of care-experienced veterans, too. As we learned in a guest blog from Veterans First Point earlier in the year, “The Armed Forces are a particularly desirable option” for many young people leaving care seeking “a sense of purpose, structure, and belonging – not to mention a strong sense of achievement”.


Every veteran, whether care-experienced or from any other background, deserves to be heard if they want to be.


From professionals to members of the public, our next step is clear: listen.


We need to listen to what care-experienced veterans have to say. Whether this is providing a platform them to speak (such as at conferences or at gatherings for care-experienced individuals) or ensuring organisations which serve as care advocates establish relationships with veterans groups. After all, veterans know their own experiences better than anyone.


It’s up to us to listen to them.



You can learn more about Erskine by visiting their website.


If you would like to learn more about the Forum or speak to us, please get in touch. You can also phone us at 0800 121 4773.

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