A £2.7 million investment will aid in the treatment of veterans.

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A £2.7 million investment will aid in the treatment of veterans.

A £2.7 million boost is being given to health care for veterans struggling with complicated trauma or alcohol and substance abuse.

The funds will be used to support NHS Op Courage, a mental health service with a team of care coordinators that has received 16,000 referrals since its March start.

Alcohol and substance abuse is expected to affect around 38,000 present and former personnel of the Armed Forces.

“We are forever obliged to the courage and sacrifice of our service men, and commit to ensure they receive the assistance they require,” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said.

“This support increase will help veterans who may be struggling,” said Leo Docherty, Minister for Defence People and Veterans. I strongly encourage any veteran to seek out this specialized assistance.”

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