UK Veterans

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

Lou Armour | Posted 13.06.2016 | 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 10.05.2016 | 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 22.04.2016 | 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 18.03.2016 | 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 10.03.2016 | 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 10.11.2015 | 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 18.08.2015 | 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.

When Harry Met Salary

Joff Sharpe | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Joff Sharpe

Strange things happen when you put your hand up and say you want to help Britain's combat Veterans secure civilian employment when they leave the Service. At short notice, and with little qualification other than this general willingness, I found myself sitting at a table with HRHs Prince William and Harry, a three star General and twenty international captains of industry...

The Battle of Britain and the Debt We Owe

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

Seventy-four years on, the heroism and sacrifice of these young men is the stuff of legend, romanticised and steeped in patriotism. So often portrayed with the iconic RAF moustache, the majority were probably too young to even have a moustache. Who were these men? How do they remember the Battle of Britain and what became of those who survived the years of war? What happened when they stopped being pilots, stepping out of uniform and back into civilian life?

Celebrating the Freedom of the World War One Centenary

Alastair Macartney | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Alastair Macartney

We remembered too not just those from the First World War, but all wars past and present including those serving right now in Afghanistan and other Operations around the world. And, of course, it's not just the soldiers themselves but the families that give their all in support of those brave men and women.

D-DAY 70 Years on - Stories shared as we grew up

Stacey Lucas | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK
Stacey Lucas

Every year on the anniversaries of the D-Day landing in Normandy my grandad and great grandad would come together and invite me to listen to great gra...

D-Day and Bergdahl: Thoughts on the Forgotten Casualties of War

Robin Lustig | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Is Bergdahl a deserter? A traitor? Is he, as some critics in the US have implausibly suggested, a real-life incarnation of Nicholas Brody of the TV series Homeland, a captured US serviceman who may have switched sides? Or is he one more casualty of war, a man whose wounds can't be seen but are real nonetheless? It's perfectly possible, of course, to be both.

11 Striking Images That Show D-Day Landing Sites Then and Now

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith and Elliot Wagland | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK

These incredible before and after pictures show the true horror and heroism of a day that changed the world 72 years ago. On June 6, 1944, Allied s...

D-Day From Above: The Stories of RAF Veterans

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

As we remember the D-Day invasion, it is right to honour the brave soldiers, sailors, and 3,500 airmen who sailed the Channel and stormed the beaches. But we must also remember the many thousands of airmen who bravely faced horrendous odds and took to the skies in support of D-Day.

D-Day: The World Remembers (LIVE UPDATES)

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK

Seventy years ago, soldiers launched an attack that changed the world. Now few are left to tell the story of the D-Day landings, an audacious incursio...

Poppies and Poppycock

John Sargeant | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

Remembrance Sunday was a time to reflect for veterans on lost comrades in arms, for family and friends to recall loved ones to mind and for all to honour the service past and present of armed forces throughout the Commonwealth. Gradually humanists are being allowed to take part in services, though this is still far from the norm.

Rebuilding the World on Foundations of Love and Peace

Ana Tzarev | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

For those of us who have known the heavy weight of war - whether we have witnessed its toll on a beloved veteran, lost a soul held dear, or outlived the fight ourselves - the message of the poppy is not felt only on Remembrance Day.

Wearing a Poppy Is Not a Comment on Politics or Military Intervention

Gemma Doyle | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Politics
Gemma Doyle

Wearing a poppy is not a comment on politics or military intervention. I doubt that everyone who wears a poppy agrees with all aspects of British foreign and military policy dating back to the first ever Poppy Day in 1921. If you object to British foreign policy, about the worst way you could express that is in a decision not to wear a poppy, because that decision only impacts on some of those who face consequences of the policy - whether or not they agree with it - not on those of us who are actually responsible for the decisions.

For Every Poppy's Petal, A Story of Remembrance

Ana Tzarev | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK
Ana Tzarev

To this day, I believe the Royal British Legion's legacy of providing necessary care to veterans and their families makes them one of the finest and most worthwhile charities.