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Veterans have made a unique contribution to our society, the MP for Penrith and the Border has said, as the government plans to review how to support offenders who had served in the Armed Forces.
Tory MP Rory Stewart, who served in the armed forces and also worked as a local official in Iraq, said:
The Government should help support Britain's veterans, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said, as a Government review sets to look at service personnel who turn to crime after leaving the armed forces.
Mr Hammond said: "Armed forces veterans have made a significant commitment to their country and it is right that the Government should help support them when they hit tough times.
"That is why we should look at how we can improve the level of support and rehabilitation available to veterans who end up in the criminal justice system."
Some British veterans end up in the criminal justice system, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said, as a Government review is set to look into the reasons why some of Britain's veterans turn to a life of crime after they leave the armed forces. Mr Grayling said:
A Government review is set to look into the reasons why some of Britain's veterans turn to a life of crime after they leave the armed forces.
The review, ordered by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, will also look at the support provided for ex-service personnel convicted of criminal offences and given custodial or community sentences, and how that support can be improved.
The study taken by the Ministry of Defence in 2010, suggest that ex-servicemen and women make up around 3.5% of the prison population, and around the same percentage of offenders on licence, while almost all convicted veterans were men from non-commissioned ranks and 80% were army careerists.
The review, led by Tory MP Rory Stewart, a veteran himself, is expected to last six months and will consider issues including how ex-service personnel are identified on conviction and what advice and support is available to them - as well as looking at effective interventions in other countries.