Veterans across Britain set to receive highest military and civilian award, Légion d’Honneur

In 2014, on the 70thanniversary of the D-Day landings, then-president of France Francois Hollande announced that British soldiers involved in the operation, which is widely considered the beginning of the end for the German war effort, would receive France’s highest military and civilian order of merit, the Légion d´Honneur. Award Although normally reserved for French […]

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Comparing Britain’s attitude towards the Armed Forces community

A new study by YouGov has revealed that Brits are split between who in the Armed Forces they would consider a hero.  Ever since 2009, the UK has celebrated Armed Forces Day, an extension of the previous Veterans Day celebration. It was implemented to raise awareness and appreciation for those who serve or had served […]

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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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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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‘Call to Arms’ for Veterans to take part in Centenary walk

To mark the Centenary of the ending of the First World War, the UK’s main Veterans housing charity, Haig Housing, is calling for 100 Veterans to walk from Menin Gate in Ypres to the Cenotaph in Whitehall. The Long Walk Home will be timed to arrive for Remembrance Sunday And Armistice Day on 11 November […]

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