RAND Europe is currently undertaking a study for the UK Office for Veterans Affairs (OVA) that seeks to understand the lived experience of non-UK veterans. The study will address non-UK nationals’ experience in the Armed Forces and of leaving the Armed Forces, their experiences accessing veterans support services, and of key issues highlighted in the Veterans Strategy such as housing.  To take part you had to be a non-UK national at the time of joining the UK military.

In the context of this project, RAND Europe would like to engage with non-UK veterans to collect data on the lived experience of non-UK veterans. This would take the form of a remote interview to share your insights and will ensure that their research is underpinned by a robust evidence base. Taking part is entirely voluntary and you can decide not to take part or withdraw from the study at any time with no penalty or loss, now or in the future.

The interview would be conducted by Microsoft Teams and will take around 45-60 minutes. The study team will take notes during the interview and, if given permission, record the interview for note-taking purposes. All statements provided in the interview will be kept confidential and your name or affiliation will not be attached to comments you make during the interview. The information gathered during the interviews will be used only for the purpose of this study. Any interview notes will be securely stored, will be accessible only to study team members, and will be deleted one year after the end of the study. Your interview data will be analysed amongst the other data (desk research) collected as part of the research, and integrated into a published report. The study team will also write an academic journal article based on the study.

RAND Europe is a not-for-profit research organisation that helps to improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. More information on RAND Europe, our projects and researchers can be found on our website http://www.rand.org/randeurope/.

If you would like to volunteer to support this important research, please contact veteransresearch@randeurope.org