A group of injured veterans – including some severely disabled – took to the skies this week as they learned to fly for the first time. On Wednesday 18th April, injured ex-service personnel from military charity Blesma, The Limbless Veterans got the opportunity to learn to fly their own light aircraft, which has been made accessible to people of all disabilities.
Are you struggling to cope? Are you brave enough to seek help? The NHS has dedicated veterans’ mental health services that are here to help. Mental illness is common and can affect anyone (even Serving and ex-members of the Armed Forces and their families). Whilst some people cope by getting support from their family and friends, or by getting help with other issues in their lives, others need clinical care and treatment.
This month marks the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918. The RAF have planned a summer of events that will rightly ‘Commemorate, celebrate and inspire’.
While it’s true to say that the RAF have been involved in some of the pivotal moments in British history, it’s also true that as an organisation, they’ve clearly got an immensely important role to play today and tomorrow. Indeed, as a Service-leaver, you too could be part of that, as the RAF pushes ahead with recruiting for Reservists.
A former British Army medic who worked at The Big Issue after a year of rough sleeping in a cave and walking along the coast with his pet dog for two months has now landed a new job as a tour guide at a local Brewery, Southbourne Ales.
Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation are running an activity and personal development programme for ex-services personnel as part of their ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces.
Funded by The Royal British Legion and supported by the Hartlepool Borough Council, HUCSF will use sports activities and social events to help address the issues faced by veterans once they have left military service.