Defence Minister praises work of charity for helping disabled veterans

The Minister for Defence People and Veterans has thanked a charity for helping disabled veterans back into work.

On a visit to The Poppy Factory in Richmond, Tobias Ellwood witnessed the work the charity does to help veterans with disabilities into meaningful employment.

The Poppy Factory, which too employs around 30 disabled veterans, produces poppies and wreaths for the Royal Family and The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.

The Poppy Factory has a tremendous record of getting disabled veterans back into employment, with 70 per cent who the charity helps remaining in employment after 12 months.

A small number of veterans face challenges after their military career, and the Ministry of Defence and other government departments work with the charity sector to provide them with support.

This includes the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise that service personnel, veterans, and their families are treated fairly and receive the support they deserve.

In June, the MOD launched a new Veterans’ Gateway, allowing veterans to get the support they need. The initiative is backed by £2 million of government money.

The MOD also launched the new Mental Health and Well-being Strategy in July this year. It is designed to improve the mental well-being of the armed forces, their families, veterans and defence civilians.

Tobias Ellwood, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, said: “The work The Poppy Factory does in helping businesses across the country provide employment for disabled veterans is hugely important and I’d like to thank them for all the work they do.

“It’s important that government works with charities to provide comprehensive support to veterans, including the Armed Forces Covenant and the new Veteran’s Gateway.”

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