RAF veteran Harry Leslie Smith is taking one last stand against inequality

Harry Leslie Smith is an RAF veteran who survived the Great Depression and World War II to become a vocal advocate for the UK’s democratic institutions. Now at the grand age of 95, Harry is touring refugee camps to make one last stand.  It was the 2008 financial crisis that hit a nerve for the […]

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4 PARA reserves complete half marathon to raise money for Erskine

Members of the A company 4th Battalion Parachute Regiment (4 PARA) completed a half marathon yesterday (30 September) to raise money for veterans’ charity Erskine.  Ten reserve paratroopers from 4 PARA took part in the Great Scottish Run half marathon while carrying a weighted began each. Erskine t-shirts were attached to the 40 pound begans as they ran […]

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Veterans who served for short time found to be at higher risk of self-harm

A study by the University of Glasgow has found that veterans who serve for a short time are at an increased risk of non-fatal self-harm.  The study examined nearly 57,000 veterans alongside 172,000 people with no record of military service over a period of 30 years. Increased risk The overall risk of self-harm to veterans […]

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Explore the world of an Iraq veteran through virtual reality

A new Army@TheFringe show, Familiar Stranger, brings live acting and virtual reality (VR) together to tell the story of an Iraq War veteran returning to civilian life. Hosted in the Hepburn House Army Reserve Centre, the show is a collaboration between the University of Glasgow department of Computing Science and Glasgow-based artist and coder collective […]

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SSAFA teams up with book Benedict’s Brother to fundraise and spread awareness

On Victory over Japan Day (15 August) the SSAFA announced a partnership with best-selling book, Benedict’s Brother, which is carrying on the legacy of the late author Tricia Walker. The book, which is set to become a major motion picture, tells the story of a young woman, Benedict, whose late uncle leaves a request for her […]

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Fringe show tackles stigma around veterans mental health

An award-winning Edinburgh Fringe play is working to raise awareness of the mental health struggles experienced by veterans on their way back to civvy street. Shell Shock is adapted from Kosovo and Iraq veteran Neil Blower Watkins’ novel which follows the story of Tommy Atkins. Tommy suffers from undiagnosed post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and faces […]

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