§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach)
My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Mr Ivor Caplin) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
We are announcing the launch today of "Heroes Return". This forms a central element of what has now become the "Veterans Reunited" programme, and will enable all generations to join together to remember and commemorate the 60th anniversary of the remarkable events of 1944 and 1945 that led to the end of the Second World War.
The New Opportunities Fund in collaboration with the Department for Culture Media and Sport and the Ministry of Defence has made available £10 million of national lottery funding for many thousands of veterans to return to the overseas areas in which they saw active service during the Second World War. These visits will generate a rich supply of living memories for our schools and museums and young people will have the opportunity to learn from veterans experiences.
In addition to the crucial role of the New Opportunities Fund and the DCMS, the Veterans Agency will provide applicants with advice and support through their freephone help line on 0800 169 2277, and further information is available on the website at www.veteransagency.mod.uk.