Beyond life on the streets – the Homeless Veterans appeal
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity calls for a continued support and help for veterans with housing problems beyond the charity appeal.
At the end of November 2014, the Evening Standard, Independent, and London Live media group launched a charity appeal aimed at helping Homeless Veterans. The appeal was launched in conjunction with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and with Veterans Aid.
The Soldiers’ Charity is the National Charity of the British Army; it helps over 5,000 soldiers, veterans and their families every year. It also provides funding for around 80 charities throughout the UK that help those within the military family. As such, The Soldiers’ Charity provides funding to not only those veterans who may find themselves living on the streets, but to those who may need help with their homes, with finding new accommodation, with furniture, adaptations to their homes for medical purposes and a wide range of further needs. In short, The Soldiers’ Charity helps soldiers, veterans and their families stay in their homes and to live independent and dignified lives.
The Homeless Veterans appeal has really struck a chord with many across the UK and beyond. HRH The Queen, Prince William, the leaders of the three main political parties, leading military figures and a host of business leaders and celebrities have either voiced their support or donated to the appeal. It has featured stories from many veterans who had spent time living on the streets; from charities that help out with housing and accommodation; from D-Day veterans who needed home adaptations due to mobility issues, and even one former soldier who is now working in the Houses of Parliament as Executive Assistant to Mary Macleod MP.
While the appeal is set to raise thousands for both of the charities involved, the work in helping those veterans who have housing problems will not stop once it ends. The Soldiers’ Charity has a lifelong commitment to soldiers and their families, and is in need of continued support to ensure that those who have made sacrifices serving their country will always find help whenever they need it.
www.homelessveterans.co.ukfor more information on the campaign.