On Thursday, as part of the ‘Veterans Strategy’ debate in the House of Commons, I spoke about the difficulties facing some ex-army personnel as they attempt to transition back into civilian life. The recent dramatic spike in suicides among veterans indicates many are facing a challenge which far exceeds that presented by military training or, in many cases, active combat.

Each and everyone of these suicides is a failure by all of us, as a society, to repay the debt we owe to those who have served their country by properly funding and resourcing services for veterans. While self-help initiatives for veterans such as Facebook discussion groups and the work done by excellent charities such as ‘Combat Stress; and ‘Erskine’ are vital, the scale of the problem is such that the government and MoD now need to become more actively involved on the ground and financially.