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D-DAY VETERAN RECEIVES FRANCE’S HIGHEST HONOUR ON 100TH BIRTHDAY

about 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Veteran tank commander Francis Denvir has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour, for his role in the D-Day campaign. The centenarian, who came from Glasgow before moving to Ireland, was a sergeant in an Irish Guards armoured division. He landed in Normandy and took part in fighting throughout Northern France, in Belgium and the famous Battle of Arnhem in Holland, which was ...

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DIY SOS VETERAN AIMS TO SPREAD AWARENESS OF PTSD

about 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

A former rifleman who recently appeared on a special edition of TV show DIY SOS is campaigning for greater awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD). Jack Lamb featured in the DIY SOS Homes For Veterans special, which saw a street in Manchester transformed into a veterans’ community. The ex-soldier found himself in the limelight after describing how he was shot by a sniper in Afghanista...

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BLIND VETERANS UK MARKS 100TH ANNIVERSARY

about 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Blind Veterans UK – the charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Servicemen and women – marked its 100th anniversary this month with a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey. Nearly 1,800 people attended the service, which celebrated the charity’s many achievements. These included more than 400 veterans who have been helped by the charity, as well as friends, family members and supporters...

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ISLE OF MAN GETS A NEW ARMY RESERVE CENTRE

about 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

A new Army Reserve Centre has officially opened on the Isle of Man, making it the first military unit on the island for almost 50 years. The Army launched a recruitment initiative on the island in May, with the help of employers and the Manx government. More than 30 new recruits took part in their first parade during a flag-raising ceremony at the end of September. Recruiting more Reservists is...

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THE LAUNCH OF THE LEE RIGBY FOUNDATION

about 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

The mum of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has spoken of her delight at plans to unveil a permanent memorial to her son on Armistice Day. Lyn Rigby and her family will attend a moving service on November 11 to dedicate a plaque close to the spot where drummer Lee was hacked to death by jihadists near his barracks in Woolwich, South East London. The poignant tribute at St George's Garrison Chapel is ...

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IF YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH OF THE RUGBY WORLD CUP, TRY THE IDRC

about 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Whether you’re an England fan still reeling from the hosts’ early exit from the Rugby World Cup or just can’t get enough of the game at the moment, the International Defence Rugby Competition (IDRC) offers an alternative that should be of interest to both current and ex-Forces personnel, as well as the average armchair sports fan. The IDRC brings together teams from armed forces around the worl...

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WOUNDED VETERANS SET NEW RECORD IN THE ARCH TO ARC CHALLENGE

about 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

A group of 24 wounded ex-Forces personnel formed the first teams of disabled competitors to complete the gruelling Arch to Arc challenge. The London to France triathlon is so called because it starts at London’s Marble Arch and finishes at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The event started with an 87-mile run from Marble Arch to Dover. Competitors then had to swim the Channel before completing a 1...

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COMMANDO CHALLENGE CELEBRATES ITS 25TH YEAR

about 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

The Commando Challenge, which originally started as a one-off charitable event, will celebrate its 25th anniversary on the weekend of the 10th and 11th October. The first event in 1990 drew 80 participants and around £3,000 was raised for charity. By 2013, there were more than 2,000 entrants and the event raised almost a quarter of a million pounds for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and ex-Force...

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DIY SOS TRANSFORMS TWO MANCHESTER STREETS FOR FORCES VETERANS

about 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

TV show DIY SOS: The Big Build has taken on its biggest challenge yet: renovating more than 60 houses across two Manchester streets and building a new support centre for Forces veterans. The special edition of the long-running BBC programme will be screened across two one-hour episodes on the 14th and 21st October. It’s hoped that the team will manage to completely renovate eight derelict homes...

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ACCREDIT YOUR TRAINING

about 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Training Providers – you can increase the value of your courses to your learners, and thereby attract a greater take-up, by making them accredited. OCN Credit4Learning offers bespoke, nationally recognized, accreditation, tailored to the needs of you and your learners, in a supportive, constructive and innovative way. The accreditation is quantifiable, as your programmes will have notional lear...

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