We all go through tough times in our lives. However those who have disabilities; physical, emotional, or mental caused by their service are often neglected by wider society.
In many cases, it is because assistance available in civilian life is not suitable for those that have known a totally different way of life in uniform.
This is especially true in the treatment of emotional or mental trauma.
Military veteran run services are often more effective than those available in ‘civvy street’. However they are most often charities that rely on donations to be able to help serving members and veterans with their specialist help.
Addiction, Homelessness and Criminal proceedings can all affect a person leaving or having left the Armed Forces. They suffer through emotional/mental issues caused by their service and often find it difficult to adjust to civilian life after discharge.
The charities Veterans Support UK support try to help veterans overcome these situations.
The reason Veteran run charities are more effective than others in the civilian world is that those that administer the assistance are themselves veterans and understand the military ethos.
The military ethos is especially important to those that have served in conflict zones. They depend on those around them and know that those around them are dependent on them in return.
These are people that enlisted in their teenage years, and found themselves in a family as close, if not closer, than with their biological families.
Their leaving the military denies them of the close bonds they had made during their time, which compounds any emotional issues they may suffer from.
I would like to ask of any and every veteran that knows of or sees another ex-serviceman or woman in trouble through drugs, homelessness, criminal sanction, or has emotional or mental problems, please do not walk on by.
Please offer them help and assistance.
‘There, but for the grace of god, go I’
God Save The Queen