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Armed Services Advice Project praised in Parliament on 11.11

12 Nov 2014

On Tuesday 11th November, The Armed Services Advice Project was subject to a Members' Debate in The Scottish Parliament.

The work of the project attracted praise from across the Chamber, and excerpts can be read below, and full video can be watched below.

Amongst the praise the project received was: "I commend ASAP to the chamber and I believe that, as a Government, as a Parliament and as ordinary citizens, we must continue to support the work of ASAP, CAS, Poppyscotland and all the other organisations that I mentioned. I wish them well" (Christina McKelvie MSP, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse (SNP)).

"ASAP has achieved an enormous amount in its short lifetime but, sadly, there remains an enormous amount to do, and I know that the Parliament wishes it nothing other than continued success." (Rt. Hon. Alex Fergusson MSP, Galloway and West Dumfries (Con)).

"The work that Citizens Advice Scotland, Poppyscotland and the armed services advice project are undertaking together is invaluable, to be cherished and, I have no doubt, life-saving on occasions, so I say thank you." (Bruce Crawford MSP, Stirling (SNP)).

"Citizens Advice Scotland project is tremendously important. It has managed to put more than £3.8 million directly back into the pockets of veterans and their families since its inception...Although that financial return is certainly impressive, it is not the reason why the service is so valued. The reason why it is so valued is the difference that it makes to the lives of people who have served their country." (Mark Griffin MSP, Central Scotland (Lab)).

"Poppyscotland and Citizens Advice Scotland are to be praised, therefore, for the work that they have done with the armed services advice project." (Annabelle Ewing MSP, Mid Scotland and Fife (SNP)). "I congratulate Poppyscotland and the CAB on the work that they are doing on this important area." (Graeme Dey, Angus (SNP)).

"The success, support and determination of ASAP is acknowledged. That is why it is supported by Citizens Advice Scotland, Poppyscotland, the Army Benevolent Fund and the RAF Benevolent Fund, Seafarers UK and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association. I, like other members, offer my congratulations to everyone involved with ASAP on another excellent year." (The Minister for Transport and Veterans, Keith Brown MSP).

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