Taiwanese honour for Veterans Aid


March 5, 2019

Certificate of Appreciation

Veterans Aid CEO Dr Hugh Milroy was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Deputy Minister Wen-Chung Lee of the Veterans Affairs Council R.O.C. in recognition of his commitment to improving mutual understanding of veterans’ affairs.

The ceremony was held at the Taipei Representative Office in the UK and witnessed by Representative David Y.L. Lin and other staff members. Colleagues from Veterans Aid and the VAC delegation also attended the ceremony.

Dr Hugh Milroy, CEO of Veterans Aid, with Ambassador Mr David Lin at the Taipei Representative Office in London. The two men were joined by staff from their respective organisations and visitors from the Taiwanese VAC.

Earlier Minister Lee – joined by Colonel (Ret.) Kai-Heng(Felix)Wang, Senior Inspector & Chief of Foreign Liaison Office at VAC, and Inspector Mr Te-Sheng Ke – attended a briefing at VA’s HQ/Operations Centre in Victoria and visited the Charity’s flagship residential facility, New Belvedere House. The party included Col James Yuan from Taipei Representative Office in London and Col Wang.

It was the second visit to Veterans Aid by members of the VAC which was established more than 50 years ago to honour and reward those who fought for their country.

Following the Certificate presentation Dr Milroy hosted a luncheon at the  RAF Club for his VAC guests.

The following day he accompanied them on private tours of The Guards Museum and The Royal Chelsea Hospital.

The Taiwanese delegates visited a number of significant memorials, museums and institutions during their short visit to the UK which included a briefing at RUSI and a meeting at the Parliament.

There are around 360,000 veterans in Taiwan and more than 2.4 million in the UK, but the issues relating to their care and wellbeing are universal.

Dr Milroy said:

“Once again it was a pleasure and a privilege to welcome our guests and explore common ground. The ethos of continuing care for veterans is one we share.

Ambassador Lin and Minister Lee made it clear that they seek  a closer working relationship with Veterans Aid and I look forward to taking this forward.”

“The work done by the Veterans Affairs Council ROC chimes significantly with what we do at Veterans Aid.

Col Wang, who first came to Veterans Aid  in November 2017, expressed an interest back then in our highly successful Welfare to Wellbeing© model for post-modern veteran care and that is something we revisited with Minister Lee during this latest visit.

I was able to explain how the £8.2m redevelopment of VA’s  New Belvedere House had played a part in facilitating delivery of the model and how delighted we were to see our work externally validated by the recently Pro Bono Economics report – which was of great interest to the visitors.”