South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) welcomed Veterans Commissioner Danny Kinahan to their Lisnaskea offices recently where The Commissioner met with a range of veterans to engage in dialogue around their needs and to hear their views around a range of issues.

In a statement SEFF's Director of Services Kenny Donaldson said: "The Veterans Commissioner met with circa 12 veterans and heard from them issues for which they require support. Amongst the issues discussed were; his presence at the Lambeth Talks, mental health provision, Community allotments, the role of Veterans champions within local Councils, legacy issues. We also heard from the Commissioner in respect of the remit of his role as well as his understanding of the way forward for his office.

"We look forward to a continued constructive relationship with the Veterans Commissioner, we expressed our deep concern around the Lambeth agenda and implored the Commissioner to not be part of any process which fails to take due cognisance of those greatest impacted by discussions being held.

"We will be working with the Veterans Commissioner on a range of issues over the coming month in best delivering for veterans and ensuring a much more joined up approach than has been the case heretofore.

"Our message to the Veterans Commissioner was simple; break down the rigidity within the Veterans fraternity and those organisations established to provide support to veterans and their families. Going forward delivering upon the actual needs of veterans and their families must be the common priority,"