UK Veterans

The Battle of Britain and the Debt We Owe

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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 06.08.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | UK

As the world marks 70 years since the launch of a mission which ultimately led to victory over Nazi Germany during World War Two, these powerful befor...

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.

LOOK: Prince Harry Kicks Off US Warrior Games

PA | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK

Prince Harry started the first event of America's Warrior Games on Sunday as a leading Forces charity said it was determined to help the royal bring t...

Warm and Fuzzy Healing: Animal-Assisted Therapy in Hospitals and Communities

Claire Surrey | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Surrey

The students of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut resumed classes on January 3, less than a month after the massacre that killed 20 of their fellow students and six staff members. At the newly refurbished school in a neighbouring town, administrators prepared for the students' return with stuffed toys, on-site counsellors, and a team of friendly, bouncing golden retrievers.

Foreign Office Bans WWII Veterans From Collecting Russian Bravery Medals

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK

Thousands of World War Two veterans who took part in what Winston Churchill described as "the worst journey in the world" have been told they cannot c...

Veterans Deserve Better

Leanne Wood | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

We need to do far more in identifying problems earlier such as ensuring mandatory mental health assessments as part of the discharge process and funding specialist support workers for veterans. They deserve better than relying on volunteers shaking buckets in Cardiff Airport at 5am.

Art At War: 25 Paintings For Remembrance Day

The Huffington Post UK | Sam Parker | Posted 25.10.2012 | Home

Unlike many national events, Remembrance Day comes around each year with a quiet sort of dignity. No great fanfare, no build up and no complaints. ...

Britain's Paralympic Veterans

Thomas Morris | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK Sport
Thomas Morris

After the First and Second World Wars, over sixty thousand military amputees came home. Three years later, Britain hosted the Olympics, and a small hospital in Buckinghamshire put on the world's first 'Wheelchair Games'. Now in 2012, the future of the British forces in Afghanistan is being decided.

UK Armed Forces To Compete In 'Warrior Games'

PA | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK

A team of British servicemen and women is flying out to the United States today to compete in an event aimed at promoting sporting opportunities for t...

Is the New Battleship Film a Recruitment Hit?

James Denselow | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
James Denselow

In an ideal world the makers of the latest alien invasion blockbuster want you to watch the film, buy the board game and then join the US Navy.

Wounded Soldiers Test Kit Before Everest Climb

PA | Posted 11.04.2012 | UK

The Walking With The Wounded team have been practising some of the skills they will need to climb Mount Everest. They tested crucial kit such as ha...

Breaking Banking Ties With Iran is But One Step

Peter Martindale | Posted 25.01.2012 | UK Politics
Peter Martindale

It is abundantly clear to all, including the Iranian regime, that the West has intent to cause regime change in Iran. The new sanctions announced this week are a clear step towards that goal. It is the beginning of moves that the Iranian freedom movements have been asking the West for for some years.