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NEW BOOK REVEALS THE STRUGGLES OF VETERANS WITH PTSD

almost 4 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

If you’re looking for a Christmas gift that’s inspirational and important rather than frothy and fun, you could do worse than take a look at ‘Aftershock: The Untold Story of Surviving Peace’. Written by journalist Matthew Green, who spent time embedded with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the book provides an often harrowing account of the difficulties faced by former combatants looking to make...

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BRIAN BLESSED LENDS HIS SUPPORT TO “WALKING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS” EVENT

almost 4 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Actor Brian Blessed has thrown his considerable weight behind a campaign to help homeless forces veterans over the Christmas period and beyond. Walking Home For Christmas is a campaign from the charity Walking With The Wounded that aims to help veterans who don’t have a home to walk to this Christmas. The annual event, which runs until Boxing Day, encourages participants to walk home from work ...

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MEDICS BEAT MARINES IN CHARITY RUGBY MATCH

almost 4 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

A team representing the Plymouth and Exeter Medical Schools has beaten the Royal Marines Rugby Team in the seventh annual Medics Rugby Challenge. The event, which was held at Rugby Union team Plymouth Albion’s ground The Brickfields, was in aid of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF), which supports serving and retired marines, injured veterans and their families. Last year, the medi...

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NEW CREDIT UNION LAUNCHED FOR ARMED FORCES

almost 4 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

A new credit union service has been launched that aims to provide an accessible and affordable source of credit for serving personnel. Credit unions are owned by their members, with no third-party shareholders. Three credit unions – PlaneSaver Credit Union, Police Credit Union and London Mutual Credit Union – will collaborate under the scheme to provide the best rates and services. The service ...

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

almost 4 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

almost 4 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

almost 4 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

almost 4 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

almost 4 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

almost 4 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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