The VCP will provide military veteran offenders with a positive, holistic and safe community based alternative to custody and community supervision, with purposeful training, personal development, therapy and through-care support, enabling them to stop re-offending, access employment and forge meaningful lives as worthy citizens.
The majority of former military personnel return to civilian life and forge very successful second careers, many starting their own businesses or reaching senior leadership positions. Regrettably, an increasing number are finding themselves in prison or on probation. Currently military veterans represent 7% of the prison population, the largest single occupational group within the custodial estate (circa 6,000). Similar numbers are on probation and community orders. Others are homeless, suicidal or experiencing family breakdown.
I believe that the Veterans Change Partnership (VCP) has the potential to reduce re-offending and by inspiring, equipping and doing, enable veteran offenders to rebuild their lives and re-establish the sense of pride and self worth they once knew. I fully endorse the endeavours and objectives of the VCP and hope that others will also be inspired to do so too.