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Published on 9 September 2019

PTSD Has 'Ripped Apart' My Circle of Friends

In his first interview as a minister, ex-Army officer Johnny Mercer, says he is "determined" to provide veterans with better support. Former Army captain Johnny Mercer has vowed to provide veterans with the "best mental health care in the world" after admitting post-combat stress "ripped apart" those he served with. As the newly appointed Veterans Minister, Mr Mercer, who served in Afghanistan with 29th Commando Regiment in the Royal Artillery, said veterans' care was "unacceptable" in Britain.&...

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Published on 4 September 2019

Veterans Prepare for Mount Kilimanjaro

Two ex-military men are preparing to climb up the highest mountain in Africa. James Rose and Darren Young will be part of a team of five. James lost both of his legs in an IED explosion in 2009 while Darren was medically discharged after 16 years with the RAF. The aim of the climb is to raise awareness for mental health. "Once you start getting mental health problems, you can’t really ignore that," James said. "It kind of takes over your life if you don’t control it." For Darre...

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Published on 7 August 2019

Thieves Strike Twice

WW2 veteran, 106, 'angry' as precious medals stolen in burglary again!   An elderley soldier who went into the garden to water his roses, walked back in to find his precious war medals had been stolen.   The theft at old soldier Leslie Stelfox's home in Milton Regis has shocked the local community.   Distressingly, it is the second time that he has been burgled in just five years!   In 2014, thieves took the same medals and a number of other belongings including a watch and c...

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Published on 29 July 2019

Felt So Alone

Veteran tried to end his life twice after being shunned by system — but was saved by a tweet SUFFERING a mental breakdown and crippled by spinal injury, ex-soldier Gary Weaving was wheeled out of hospital and dumped at a bus stop in his pyjamas. Hospital staff, who had packed his bag, did not give him any bus fare or even call his wife.   Gary Weaving, 42, was invalided out of the military with a damaged spine and PTSD    After he’d spent 45 minutes sobbing in the str...

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Published on 3 July 2019

Stiffer Sentences For War Memorial Vandals

Vandals who damage war memorials and graves in England and Wales could face up to 12 years in jail. The new sentences will take into account the impact on the community, as well as the financial cost of the crime. A commemorative bench dedicated to veteran was vandalised earlier in the year (Picture: Lincolnshire Police). Memorials including the Bomber Command monument in London are among several vandalised this year. There are over 100,000 war memorials in t...

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Published on 23 June 2019

ARMED FORCES DAY

What Is It And Why Do We Celebrate It? Armed Forces Day is a day for the public to come together with the UK military at events taking place right across the country, giving them an opportunity to personally thank the men and woman who currently serve or those who have previously served their country. When Did It Begin And Why We Celebrate It? Plans to celebrate our Armed Forces were announced in 2006 by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, and was called...

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Published on 21 June 2019

Veteran ID Card

Veterans ID cards for former UK Armed Forces' service leavers are expected to be made available by the end of 2019 – but what is known so far about how to apply and the requirements for an application? The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced last year that the new Veterans ID cards would be issued to service leavers - that process has now started. Cards will also be available to other veterans towards the end of 2019 – however, an exact date has yet to be confirme...

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Published on 17 May 2019

Crime up but cases facing criminal justice system at 50-year low

The number of people formally dealt with by the criminal justice system fell last year to the lowest level since 1970 despite police figures showing a six per cent rise in offending, official statistics revealed today. The Ministry of Justice figures showed that the number of people dealt with by the justice system in England and Wales fell by three per cent in 2018. The decline was made up of a two per cent drop in prosecutions and an 11 per cent fall in “out-of-court disposals&...

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Published on 29 April 2019

Ex-Paratrooper has set himself two tough challenges

A former paratrooper has set himself two tough challenges to help #PhoenixHeroes - a veterans' charity offering #PTSD support. Andy Minshull, a former soldier from Leeds said he could cope with serving in Iraq and Afghanistan but turned to alcohol in civilian life. He has since recovered and now set himself two tough challenges to help Phoenix Heroes CIC. Andy intends to sleep rough on the streets of Leeds for 36 hours to raise awareness of the problem of homelessness among e...

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Published on 13 March 2019

UK's First Veterans Village?

A ‘Veterans’ Village’ tipped as the first of its kind in the UK could be taking shape in Hemsby after an approach from a former serviceman. The proposal has come from Neil Archbold, who served in the Falklands conflict, to potentially transform the abandoned Pontins site into a healing hub for veterans and their families. Mr Archbold, 55, from Basingstoke, has won the support of veterans’ charity Forgotten Veterans UK which already runs a project in Portsmouth and shares...

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