Bravery comes in many forms. We need to be brave enough to admit that some battle wounds are the invisible ones we carry every day, brave enough to seek help and no longer suffer in silence, brave enough to admit that more needs to be done in terms of NHS mental health funding, or brave enough to lead the way in research and technology for future therapies.
Joining the British Army made me who I am today. The military world definitely wouldn't suit everybody, but as a confident, high energy 17 year old, I longed for a life fuelled with excitement and new opportunities.
As announced on Wednesday in the Budget, Samaritans has been awarded £3.5million over three years to develop round the clock online support and peer support training for military personnel, veterans and their families. The money is from the Libor fund, set up following the rate-fixing issue, where fines paid by the banks were passed on to the voluntary sector to fund specific projects. The idea is that for anyone struggling, help is just one click away.
The festive period is fast approaching, and we are all looking forward to some well-earned rest and relaxation with our families at this special time. For military personnel and service families, time spent together is even more precious. Many military families have been separated for months, and reconnection as a family unit is a real necessity.
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.
As we attempt to slowly understand the full impact of the Afghanistan campaign and stay abreast of the huge changes afoot to the structure of our Armed Forces, SSAFA will continue to review and meet the changing needs of the military community. But we cannot do it alone.
The yomp will follow the original route of the Royal Marines 45 Commando group, taking in many of the battlefield scenes. Carrying all their supplies with them, the businessmen, more used to boardrooms than bogs, will spend four nights camping out to complete their challenge.