The Independent Newspaper Homeless Veterans Appeal

One of our most generous financial supporters has asked us to be involved in a campaign to support Homeless Veterans this Christmas. ABF The Soldier’s Charity and Veterans Aid are working in partnership with the Independent newspaper on a Christmas appeal supporting those who served their country and now need their country to serve them.  The Soldiers Charity have been instrumental in securing funding for our work with homeless veterans.  Read about the campaign and our involvement in the Independent newspaper or online: www.homelessveterans.co.uk.

The majority of people who leave the Armed Forces make a successful transition to civilian society, but a significant minority struggle - either immediately or sometimes several years later. We opened our first Veterans Home in Plymouth, in 2009, and now five years on, are proud to say that we are the largest provider of dedicated accommodation for homeless Veterans of working age, outside of London. We run Homes for Veterans in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Plymouth, Weymouth, Salisbury, Gosport and Fareham, and Wales. Our Homes for Veterans have been specifically created to help ex-Service men and women overcome all kinds of crises: having served their country, sometimes the hardest part is waiting for them when they return home. In contrast to the structure of Forces life, they may find themselves having to budget, often for the first time in their lives, and can sometimes fall into debt. Others may struggle with finding new employment. Whilst some may find that the scars that they’ve brought home aren’t physical but emotional.

In the build up to Christmas, we’re inundated with ideal pictures of families gathering together to enjoy lavish meals and share generous gifts with their loved ones. Whilst that image is true for many people across the UK, Christmas can be a difficult time of year for those who are alone and on the edge of society. Being homeless is hard all year round, but it can be even worse at Christmas. The streets are lit up to get everyone in a festive mood, and thoughts will inevitably drift to the loved ones that won’t be around to share the time with you. We want to ensure that we support as many homeless veterans as we can through the Christmas period, providing them with a warm place to call home and people to share the season with.

If you would like to show your support for our Veterans services and help ex-service men and women achieve independent living, please visit: http://www.alabare.co.uk/get-involved/donate and give what you can. Thank you.

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