What we do Young Adults and Adults Veterans Remember Veterans What is Remember Veterans? In March 2018, the Armed Forces Covenant funding for the Warwickshire and West Mercia ended. The project achieved its major milestones and objectives: In summary: Established a network of 93 trained veteran champions in CJ and other key agencies across Warwickshire and West Mercia. Developed systems for identification and recording of veteran status in the CJ agencies and now have a robust process for the central collation of this data. Established WWM CJ referral service and helpline which responded to over 500 requests for information and assistance. Delivered awareness training to nearly 1000 operational staff and established the project as a lead agency for veterans with an influential presence in both CJ forums and AFCs. Completed robust research and evaluation studies. Subsequently, in April 2018, Mr John Campion, West Mercia PCC, provided a further 12 months funding to maintain some of the core elements of the previously funded Warwickshire West Mercia RV work: To promote the needs of and services for veterans in the CJ system using our Veterans Champions network and ensuring that current RV practice is embedded within the CJ agencies Continue to collect and collate data across West Mercia to inform commissioning decisions and service design for veterans in the criminal justice system Ensure veterans are recognised at a strategic level by linking the Reducing Reoffending Plans and Community Safety Partnerships with their local covenant plans Hear what real people have to say: J continues to remain chaotic and he continues to drink heavily, however, he attends most appointments, so we are able to continue to work intensively to address his attitude, thinking and behaviour. We have worked tirelessly to prevent him losing his accommodation and to try and get him his benefits up and running. We have recently heard he has been turned down for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) so he will be deemed fit for work and be advised to claim Job Seekers Allowance (JSA). We will continue to support him to appeal against this decision as he is clearly not fit for work due to his substance misuse and all the while we will be encouraging him to make the right choices, address his issues and prevent him from reoffending. B has recently informed his Offender Manager that he did not know where he would be without the support from YSS, RV and the IOM team. He feels he benefits from having an understanding and directive approach, saying 'it has given me a kick in the backside when it has been needed'. B would not have achieved any of the tasks he had originally set out to achieve without support.