So that's the team you have.
In looking at the email that I had from Patrick, you seem to be interested in compensation for pain and suffering. We have two schemes in this country that we run for our veterans. One is the armed forces compensation scheme, which is run for people who are currently serving and those who have left for incidents or things that happened after 2005, and something called the war pension scheme, which is also a compensation scheme but for those incidents that happened prior to 2005. The big difference between the two is that the war pension scheme can only be claimed when somebody leaves the military and has to be certified by a medical adviser, whereas the armed forces compensation scheme can be claimed by those who have left or are leaving, but also those who currently serve. When set up, the scheme is very much a lay scheme, so it's tariff-based. The idea is that we should be able to give clearer, quicker judgments. Maybe we can discuss, as you talk about our various schemes, and we can explain how those work.
In terms of a pension scheme, we have an armed forces pension scheme that we run in Scotland, in Glasgow, and that deals with all our armed forces personnel. We have several schemes running at the same time, depending on when people joined and when they left, so that's constantly evolving.
Certainly, in general terms of looking after veterans in this country, we have obviously, unfortunately—as you've experienced—had service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The focus on veterans and veterans' care and some of the challenges that have arisen from those two specific conflicts has meant that we have very much been evolving support and care for veterans, and trying to also evolve our schemes to support them. As you can imagine, it's growing all the time. Political awareness in this country with regard to veterans' affairs remains very high. It keeps us busy.
Certainly, in terms of the mental health provision, it's something that is very much coming to the fore in this country. I always say to people that looking after veterans is a team affair. We work with colleagues, not only in the sense of who develops the policy for us but also colleagues in the third sector, the charity sector, who do an awful lot of invaluable work for us. For instance, there's a charity that deals specifically with blind veterans. What we try to make sure is that we generate a culture or an atmosphere whereby among us all, among all the various organizations, we provide the best care that we can for veterans.
Very importantly, you asked to speak to an ombudsman equivalent. Paul's role is very much key to what we do. Our veterans' minister independently appoints 13 regional chairmen for the various regions within the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland to look after veterans' awareness, raise issues of veterans' awareness within the regions, but because they're independently appointed by a minister, all the chairs have access to the minister to talk about how we're doing as an organization. Paul, in fact, is the chair of all the chairs, so Paul is here today to talk about how complaints, issues, or ombudsman issues are looked after. If need be, Yvonne, Carolyn and I can leave him, so he can talk freely about how he thinks we're doing.
I'm seeing him on Wednesday in London, so it had better not be too bad, Paul.
I will hand the floor back to you, but that's an introduction to what we do. It's very much a case of our paying the right person the right amount at the right time to enable personal recovery as best we can.
In terms of Veterans UK, I see colleagues from London have joined us now, which is great. I'll ask them to introduce themselves.