Positive Futures – getting transition right in Scotland

The Commissioner’s Positive Futures work is about ensuring that we have in place the right support towards a positive destination rather than just any destination so that all veterans can reach their full potential on civvy street. The benefits of ‘a good transition’ reach far beyond individuals themselves. Our communities, employers and society in general all benefit when veterans transition well. The challenge for government and society is to set the right conditions for a seamless transition, where individual needs and aspirations can be supported flexibly and consistently. To get this right, transition services and support processes need to be integrated, flexible and built around the individual. Scotland has the capability of delivering this approach, which aligns with the Scottish Government’s ambitions for its wellbeing economy. Each report contains recommendations for government aimed at securing more positives outcomes for our veterans and their families who choose to settle in Scotland.

The latest report looks at Housing and Making a Home in Civilian Society and can be found here and real life stories of veterans’ transition journeys here.


I’m Charlie Wallace, the Scottish Veterans Commissioner.  I was honoured to be appointed to the post in September 2018 after 35 years’ service in the Army, latterly as Deputy Commander of 51st Infantry Brigade and HQ Scotland.

As the Scottish Veterans Commissioner I want to secure and maintain an environment for all veterans and their families to be able to access timely, high quality support wherever and whenever it is needed; and to realise their full potential in civilian life in Scotland.

I will advocate on the issues facing our veterans’ community in Scotland and aim to be a catalyst for change by ensuring the statutory sector fulfils its responsibilities and by promoting the huge contribution I know that veterans can make to Scotland.

The Scottish Veterans Commissioner is not an ombudsman, I do not therefore have the power to investigate individual cases, and I am unable to provide direct support. For more information on support, visit the Support for Veterans page.

You can get more information about my career and background here.