Salisbury Veteran Raises Awareness For Christmas Appeal
One of our Wiltshire Home for Veterans residents has featured in the national Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal organised by The Soldier’s Charity and Veterans Aid. The campaign is being run in partnership with the Independent and Evening Standard newspapers to support those who served their country and now need their country to serve them.
Justin served in the Royal Navy and had hoped to complete his full service, working his way up the ranks, but unfortunately was medically discharged six years into his service: leaving him unsure of the direction his life would take;
“I’d go back tomorrow if I could. I wanted to get promoted and go through the ranks. Part of me thought ‘If I can’t do my job, then I can’t stay in’ but the other half thought ‘What else am I going to do?’”
When he returned to ‘civvy street’ Justin supported himself with a number of temporary agency jobs but eventually became homeless, often sleeping in his car or a tent. He was referred to Alabaré by the RBL in October last year and has now settled in to the Wiltshire Home for Veterans – a move he described as “a relief” after years without a permanent home. He decided to share his story to raise awareness for homeless Veterans everywhere.
You can read the full story by clicking here.
Our second Wiltshire Homes for Veterans, is due to open in Salisbury on the 12th December.
You can watch Justin tell his story by clicking here.