Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service is supporting a drive to recruit new members to a committee which supports veterans.

The Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VPAC) is a public body whose chairmen and members are appointed by the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans.

The VPAC is currently looking for new members for 12 of its 13 regional committee and five chairman for East Midlands, North East, London, West Midland and Northern Ireland.

The positions are voluntary, unpaid roles but travel, subsistence and loss of earnings may be payable.

LCVS, which holds a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, is supporting a drive by Veterans UK, part of the Ministry of Defence and the sponsor department for VPAC, to find people willing to fill the positions.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme recognises employers that align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant and actively support those who have worked in defence of the country.

The roles of the VAPC include raising awareness of the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Schemes, the Veterans UK Welfare Service and the availability of cross government support to veterans and their families assisting veterans in accessing local services as envisaged under the Armed Forces Covenant. 

The VAPC also provides support to Veterans UK by monitoring its welfare service and assisting individuals with any problems or complaints they have regarding the war pensions or AFCS claims process and much more besides.

For more information about the roles, please visit the Public Appointments website using the links below.

https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/veterans-advisory-and-pensions-committee-5-regional-chairs/

https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/veterans-advisory-and-pensions-committee-members-to-11-of-13-regions/