UK Veterans’ Minister discuss ex-Forces employment support at The Poppy Factory

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The UK Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Leo Docherty MP, and the Director of the Office for Veterans Affairs, Jessie Owen, paid a visit to The Poppy Factory last week to discuss employment support for veterans with health conditions.

The two leaders heard how specialist employment support can be truly life-changing, significantly improving veterans’ confidence, financial security and health and wellbeing.

They talked about the benefits of close partnership working across government and the military charity sector and the potential to streamline processes so that no veteran is left behind.

Mr Docherty and Ms Owen also took the time to watch a short film about Afghanistan veteran Gary, who felt lost in the civilian world until he received employment support from The Poppy Factory, and is now using his experience to open a martial arts gym on the south coast.

And they met members of the poppy production team, who are supported to work year-round making Remembrance wreaths at the charity’s factory in Richmond-upon-Thames. UK Veterans (visit the site)

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