To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:
1. Notes that, according to the Royal British Legion's 2014 Household Survey, there are 385,000 members of the current, and former, service community in Wales.
2. Recognises that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect.
3. Believes that Wales should be at the forefront of implementing the Armed Forces Covenant, which is intended to "redress the disadvantages that the armed forces community may face in comparison to other citizens, and to recognise sacrifices made".
4. Calls on the Welsh Government to:
a) note the Scottish Government's creation of a veterans commissioner, to champion the needs of the armed forces community, and further calls on the Welsh Government to create an armed forces commissioner for Wales which would be dedicated both to veterans and the wider armed forces community, with the overall objective of improving outcomes for both veterans and serving forces; and
b) introduce a veterans needs assessment as the basis for delivering services to ensure that former members of the armed forces are entitled to receive the support they deserve.
Business type: Debate
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
First published: 03/11/2016
Decision due: 9 Nov 2016 by Plenary
Lead member: Paul Davies AM