As a veteran, and a member of the veteran community in Wrexham, I know that more can be done to help those that have served our country. I am pleased that this Government wants to make the United Kingdom the best place in the world to be a veteran and is already doing much to make improvements.
Here in Wrexham, I have visited the Veterans’ Wing at HMP Berwyn to better understand what life is like for veterans who unfortunately fall into cycles of offending. I have been working with the Minister for Prisons and the Royal British Legion to secure additional funding for charities that support the Veterans’ Wing at HMP Berwyn, as well as veterans that have recently been released from prison.
As a member of the Defence Select Committee I am leading an inquiry into the female military and veteran experience. I’ve heard first-hand from many serving females and veterans about their positive and negative experiences in the military, giving many women a voice. Once the inquiry is over, I’ll keep working to ensure women’s experience of the military improves.