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Veterans debate 2

MSPs continued the Scottish government led debate on veterans to mark the 90th anniversary of the Scottish Poppy Appeal.

The number of ex-service men or women in Scotland is estimated by Veterans Scotland to total around 400,000.

In 2008 the Scottish government set out its commitment to Armed Forces' personnel, their families and to veterans in a paper entitled Scotland's Veterans and Forces' Communities: meeting our commitment .

Former Royal Marine and current Housing Minister Keith Brown closed the debate by accepting invitations from the SNP MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, James Dornan and Dennis Robertson who represents Aberdeenshire West, to visit veterans' projects in their constituencies.

The Cathcart Church works with former and serving Royal Marines and HorseBack UK is run by a former Royal Marine officer.

The minister told the chamber it was "important to remember the idea of remembrance itself" and that for the "Armed Forces who face ultimate peril" and the most acute fear "the idea that what they have done will not be forgotten, is very important to them."

Mr Brown said our veterans and service men and women "defend freedoms we sometimes take for granted."

He quoted George Canning's question "When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?" to which he said the answer has to of course be no and said that answer should inform how Scotland supports its veterans and would ensure the country does right by them in future.

The first part of the debate on veterans can be viewed below:

Veterans debate 1

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