Considerable progress has been made over the last few years in developing, arranging and delivering services and support for the Armed Forces community in Scotland. Our achievements are many and have delivered tangible benefits that have made a difference to the lives of a great number of people. This progress has been acknowledged and welcomed by the military in Scotland, the veterans community, our Reserve and Cadet forces and by Service families.
There is much more to do, however, and we will drive forward with new ideas, proposals and initiatives. This document points to the immediate and medium-term work to be pursued. It is our starting position. We remain prepared to listen to, and act upon, the ideas and proposals that will develop thinking on longer term policy development. In this regard, we will work with our key stakeholders in the MoD, the Armed Forces and veterans charities and with the providers of services like the NHS in Scotland and Local Authorities to put in place the best possible level of support for our Armed Forces community.
Our Armed Forces, past, present and future should expect and deserve first-class and readily available public and private services the rest of us take for granted. We will not falter in our aim to achieve that goal.