Edinburgh veteran honoured at national health ceremony

A former soldier from Edinburgh, who now works with rehabilitating veterans, has been named support worker of the year at a national awards ceremony.

Jason Wallace, who works for Veterans First Point (V1P), was named Support Worker of the year at the recent Scottish Health Awards in Edinburgh.

V1P, a joint project between the Scottish Government, NHS Lothian and the MOD, provides support and advice for veterans returning home from action.

Jason has played a significant role in helping to set-up the project, which is staffed by veterans, and has been heavily involved in helping it continue to grow. He said:

 “It’s a huge honour to pick up this award and it shows the important work we do here at V1P, a service run by veterans for veterans.
“I, like all V1P staff, know how hard it can be when returning from action. We look to address any problems veterans and their families have and will support them on a full range of issues faced when returning from action.”
As a member of the Advisory Group, Jason was able to categorise these problems and was one of the first veteran peer support workers employed by VIP when it opened in April 2009.
“There are long term service men that leave the army and don’t know where to begin when it comes to housing and finding new employment. We are here to help support them with these types of issues, but our door is always open for any veteran, no matter the issue they face.
“We are able to give them the full circle of support they need to help their lives function.”

Dr. Charles Winstanley, Chair, NHS Lothian said:

“Jason has done a fantastic job at V1P since its set-up in 2009. He has worked tirelessly in promoting the service and his excellent support work with veterans has been indicative of the overall service provided by V1P.”