During First Minister’s Questions this week, Rhun ap Iorwerth AM highlighted the need for support for veterans who need it. Speaking at the Senedd, he said:
“Remembrance week is a good time to remind ourselves that we owe a duty of care to former service personnel.
“We don’t know exactly how many veterans are suffering with mental health problems, because those exact figures aren’t published. But we do think that some 4% do suffer post-traumatic stress disorder. We believe that some one in five suffer some sort of mental health difficulties. This is a minority of veterans, of course, but as we approach Remembrance Sunday, ALL veterans need to know that those who served alongside them are valued and that they are seen for what they are, as assets for our communities and the workplace and so on.
“Plaid Cymru believes that a military well-being Act is needed to ensure that support for veterans is consistent and of a high quality across the country, so that all veterans know that public services will have a legal obligation to be there for their former comrades.”