Posted On March 9, 2021 at 9:44 am by / 8 Comments



ONE as the provider of Support, Comradeship, Advocacy and Remembrance (SCAR) for Irish Veterans is an organisation that provides critical services & supports, and one that has gone from strength to strength in recent years. To further build on and progress the overall goals and objectives of the organisation, increasing the membership and the participation of women and younger veterans in the organisation is key to rounding out the invaluable services offered by ONE. Greater understanding of the specific needs of all veterans, women and men, young and old, will ensure that the organisation continues to grow and provide essential services and support to those who have proudly served their country.


Through our new campaign ‘I Am A Veteran’, the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel is highlighting our talented, highly skilled and diverse group of veterans, showcasing members who are making a difference in our communities and across Irish and international society.


To highlight the strength we derive from diversity, ONE acknowledge the dedicated, skilled team who made our video series and new campaign a reality. Thank you to the Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett for his support to veteran affairs; Karl McEneaney, Keith Harrison and Paul Keeley from the Defence Forces Audio Visual Section for their professionalism, technical skills and patience  – story boarding, directing and editing each video; the Irish Defence Forces Press Office; the CEO and Chairperson of ONE for their leadership and commitment to making ONE a more inclusive organisation and finally, to all our veterans who participated (and will soon participate) in the campaign.


Filming will continue in Q2 and Q3 2021 (subject to COVID restrictions) but ONE are releasing the first 5 videos of the series ‘I Am A Veteran’ over the coming weeks.


Our first veteran’s story features Amy O’Connor, Career & Life Coach, Military Transitions Coach. Amy talks us through what being a veteran means to her and how she has transitioned her military skills and experience over to civilian life.


Amy is an incredible role model and demonstrates how veterans continue to strengthen the nation even after they retire their uniform.


For more information on ONE please visit our website and if you are a former member of the Irish Defence Forces we encourage you to become a member of our growing network.


8 thoughts on “I AM A VETERAN

  1. Good piece.

    I think we hesitate to use the word “veteran” in Ireland because we haven’t been at war since the Civil War, so for many people it sounds a bit presumptuous when we look at other countries where hundreds of thousands of people have been through wars and still carry the scars. But even peace-keeping has taken its toll, and apart from the fatalities there are doubtless quite a few who still bear psychological scars from some of the operations that our Defence Forces have been engaged in.

    As a Reservist, one is even slower to use the term “veteran”, but I have often talked to friends about the fact that I got a lot out of my 24 years in the FCA, that much of this stood to me in my civilian life, whether in my job or in just mullicking into things like residents’ associations or recreational activities, and that what I got out of it was directly proportional to all I put into it.

    1. Hi Roger, thank you so much for your comment. We are featuring members of the RDF in our campaign as we think it’s critical that ALL those who have proudly served are recognised and celebrated. Would love to connect with you if you are happy to share your experience of how your service with the FCA has stood to you? If interested, please email info@oneconnect.ie for the attention of Deirdre Carbery. Many thanks

  2. In expanding our footfall we should include our reservists who have served faithfully for years

    1. Hi Sean, We have reservists featured in our upcoming videos. We are very keen for all veterans of the DF – PDF and RDF – to be celebrated for their loyal service.

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