Hidden in plain sight - Veteran David Iveson vanishes in Cardiff

Veteran David Iveson was painted at Cardiff Arms Park in Cardiff as part of our #CountThemIn campaign, showing how the Armed Forces community is currently invisible on the UK Census.

David, from Pontypridd, joined the Army in 2004. Serving as a Lance Corporal, he completed two tours of Iraq.

However, when David left the Army he became invisible to the Government, just like 6.5 million members of the Armed Forces community.

Despite an estimated 1 in 10 of the UK population being members of the Armed Forces community, there's very limited information about where they are or what their needs might be. Without information on those who are Serving, veterans and their families, it's hard to provide them the support they deserve.

 

Invisible Veterans

The Government’s official statistics body, the Office for National Statistics (ONS), along with their devolved equivalents, are already starting to plan what questions will be in the next UK census.

We have a chance to influence the questions they'll include.  Join our #CountThemIn campaign and write to your local MP and ask them to include questions about Service in the census.