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UK: Premier Johnson will create the first department for veterans

The former official Johnny Mercer will be the minister - VIDEO

Boris Johnson announced on July 28 the creation of the first British department for military veterans, and appointed as Minister Johnny Mercer, ex-Army officer, front-line soldier and deputy. The department will oversee all the needs of veterinarians including possibly housing availability, psychological support for mental health and job search. They will also work on a law that will allow soldiers to sue if the government does not treat them fairly.

In the early 2000s a series of investigations had begun concerning hypothetical war crimes perpetrated by British soldiers ten years earlier during the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. Theresa May said she wanted to put an end to what she called "the industry of vexatious claims" against soldiers, which has cost the ministry of defense over £ 100m since 2004. Boris Johnson has confided to Mercer by telephone the intention to end the "legal witch hunt" against veterans in this way.

Tory Johnny Mercer, who will work in the Defense Ministry with General Oliver Dowden, said: "For the first time in its history, the UK government will have an office created specifically for veterans, created to guarantee them the care they deserve if I need to take this role and I am grateful for the opportunity the new minister has entrusted me with. I look forward to continuing the task I have to carry out".

Below, the video with the participation of veterinarians in the celebration of the Normandy landings:

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