UK Veterans

We Must Do More For Those Who Have Served Their Country

Azi Ahmed | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Azi Ahmed

I was privileged to attend the summer ball held at Grosvenor House by Care After Combat, a wonderful charity which helps veterans struggling with alco...

35 Years On From The Falklands War, Stigma Still Haunts This Generation Of Brave Veterans

Sue Freeth | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK
Sue Freeth

June 14th marks 35 years since the end of the Falklands War, in which 649 Argentine soldiers, 255 British military personnel, and three Falkland Islanders died during the hostilities. For many of our servicemen who fought in the short but bloody conflict, it was only the beginning of a larger battle to come.

I'm Voting Labour For The First Time So Veterans Like Me Are No Longer Left By The Wayside

Stephen Holland | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Holland

I served our country for 9 years. When I returned, I felt abandoned. With no qualifications and no life experience outside the Royal Air Force, I couldn't find work. I spent six months looking for employment. I applied for every job I could find - McDonalds, KFC, Amazon - no one would have me. Eventually I found a manual job, working 16 hour days, 6 days a week, on poverty wages.

Bring Billy Back

Kirsten Oswald | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Politics
Kirsten Oswald

As Westminster prepares to go into a long campaign because of Theresa May's U-turn on a snap election, many issues MPs have been working on are in danger of disappearing into the political long grass.

Armed Forces Veterans Need Mayor's Help Accessing Life-Changing PTSD Dogs

Shaun Bailey | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Shaun Bailey

Latest figures show there are an estimated 5,360 armed forces veterans in London suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The amount of ...

A Stoll Christmas - Preventing Homelessness For Veterans

Ed Tytherleigh | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Tytherleigh

Not everyone can come together for Christmas. Many Veterans will be connecting with friends and family online. Stoll runs Skype and IT courses to help Veterans learn new skills and to help people stay in touch with others.

Find Christmas Difficult? Top Tips On How To Cope, From UK's Leading Veterans' Mental Health Charity Combat Stress

Sue Freeth | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Freeth

Christmas is a time for celebration, yet it can be difficult for veterans with mental health problems. Some may feel isolated, lonely or depressed, o...

Why We Must Do More Than Remember This Sunday

Sue Freeth | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK
Sue Freeth

For many of us Remembrance Sunday is about reflecting on events which have passed and showing our gratitude to those who we can never thank in person....

Hyper-masculinity, War And Intergenerational Trauma

Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz

Veterans with PTSD find it very difficult to deal with emotions like fear and sadness when they come up. They don't want to admit to themselves that they have those feelings, so they push them down and try to ignore them.

Five Tips For Veterans to Help Get Through Bonfire Night

Sue Freeth | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK
Sue Freeth

Bonfire Night is a cause for celebration throughout the UK, bringing communities together at shared events and frequently producing spectacular firewo...

'The Crippled Cricketer'- The Army Veteran Whose Love For Cricket Helps To Overcome His Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Stuart Fagg | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Sport
Stuart Fagg

'Cricket for recovery, cricket for all' @TheCrippledCric signs off one of his first blog posts. A potent exemplification of the healing powers in spor...

Big Increase In The Number Of Veterans With Mental Injuries Shows Urgent Need For More Care

Joy Hibbins | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

Dan asked the security guard if he had ever served in Afghanistan or Iraq. He said that if he had, he might understand why he was in the situation that he was in now. I told the guard that I did not feel he was safe to leave hospital premises.

Playing to the Home Crowd: Veterans Performing for a British Audience

Lou Armour | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Lou Armour

The philosopher George Simmel once wrote in praise of the 'stranger', describing how the stranger is both 'near' and 'far away' at the same time. My relationship to those Malvinas veterans could not be better described.

Where Discrimination Thrives - Welcome to the World of the Military Family

Ray Lock | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Ray Lock

Imagine in a job interview you're asked whether you're planning to stick with your husband, who is serving in the Armed Forces. Imagine as a child you're sent to a different school every 2 years. Imagine you can't get a mobile phone contract, or a loan for a washing machine, or pay for anything by instalments because you don't have a decent enough credit rating. You don't have to imagine it - welcome to the world of the military family...

Child Abuse and Neglect, the State's Failure to Provide Mentors for Our Children in Care

Kevin Godlington | Posted 22.04.2017 | UK
Kevin Godlington

As a former soldier I hear about the military covenant all the time, amongst my friends and colleagues. Its powerful, it tells those who served their country, we care about you. For those who do not know what it is, I will enlighten you...

Back From Despair

Gemma Gardner | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gemma Gardner

I am lucky that I had my husband and kids to keep me going, along with the confidence to go out to meet other people in the civilian world to talk about my work and gather some support. Others aren't so lucky, and these are the people I really worry about.

Our Armed Forces Members Experiencing Mental Health Problems Deserve Parity of Care

Lord Touhig | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Touhig

Serving in the Armed Forces is one of the most honourable positions to hold. Thousands of brave men and women risk their lives on the front line to keep our country safe. They work to protect people living in the face of conflict. They deserve our constant support and eternal gratitude.

British Iraq War Veterans Could Face Prosecution For War Crimes

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 02.01.2016 | UK

Some Iraq War veterans may face prosecutions for war crimes after a probe into allegations of torture and unlawful killing, the Press Association repo...

Under-Served: The Gaps in Veteran Support, and What Needs to Change

Louis Reynolds | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Louis Reynolds

The veteran population of the UK is declining rapidly. In 2005, there were 4.8million veterans in the UK. Today, there are 2.83million, and in 2020 there will be 2.48million. In the face of such significant demographic change, the Armed Forces charity sector will have to evolve in some fundamental ways.

Volunteering: Fairy Godparents of the World Unite - You Have Nothing to Lose but Boredom

Heather Budge-Reid | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Budge-Reid

Volunteers are mystical. I am not sure we truly know their whys and wherefores, why some do and some don't, why sometimes it ends in tears and other times it's all smiles. Indeed whole books are dedicated to the subject of managing and understanding volunteers.

D-Day 71st Anniversary: UK Veterans In Their 90s Gather In Normandy To Honour The Fallen

PA | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK

Age may finally have wearied them but the courage and sacrifices of Second World War servicemen who helped rid Europe of the tyranny of the Nazis were...

Gardening - Mind and Matter?

Heather Budge-Reid | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Heather Budge-Reid

Horticultural therapy is a proven way of helping people with a range of mental health problems and it uses gardening to meet specific therapeutic or rehabilitative goals. In Gardening Leave's case, we help the men and women who serve our country, specifically the 20% of Armed Forces veterans who face a mental health issue.

World War What?

Air Vice Marshal David Murray | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Air Vice Marshal David Murray

Friday 8 May will mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, when Sir Winston Churchill delivered his historic speech to crowds gathered in London, broadcasting the news that the Second World War was finally over.

Let Us Remember Them, Not Just on Remembrance Sunday or 11 November, But All Year Round

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Every day should be Remembrance Day. We should treat our war veterans with respect all year round, honour the military covenant and make sure that those injured or psychologically scarred in the line of duty get the care and medical treatment they deserve. My Party has views on how that should best be achieved, but this is not a time for partisan politics.

From Heroes to Homeless

Ann Chadwick | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Ann Chadwick

I was part of the team that helped set up a Veterans Artisan Bakery at The Beacon- a flagship veterans support centre - near Catterick Garrison.