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Veterans of the armed forces who have settled in Lewis, Harris and Uist are being called on to participate in a university research project supported by the Forces in Mind Trust.

A research team at Edinburgh Napier University is working with the University of Edinburgh to gather experiences of resettlement and transition from military to civilian life in Scotland.

You’re in Your Own Time Now is a project designed to gain better understanding of service leavers' aspirations, concerns and support needs when leaving the armed forces.

Veterans who left the armed forces within the last 15 years are being asked to share their experiences during the team’s visit to the Western Isles between 16 and 21 May, when interviews will be carried out in Stornoway and around the isles.

The research consists of face-to-face interviews, either as individuals or in groups, together with an online survey for participants.

And it’s not just service personnel themselves who are sought. The researchers say: “We recognise that transition impacts strongly on the family, so we are also keen to meet with spouses or partners (and) organisations who offer support to the armed forces community.

“We hope that our research will provide important information for Government, policy makers and service providers, with a view to helping make a positive difference to the lives of veterans and their families.”

In their sights are active personnel, veterans, family members and supporters such as people within the NHS, local authorities and veteran support groups.

Anyone who would like to participate is asked to contact Dr Gerri Matthews-Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or, if you would like to organise a specific time between 16 and 21 May, Dr Linda Thomas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.