BAE Systems steps in to support veterans charity in Lancashire

The company announced an additional 12 months of funding for the AFC Fylde Community Foundation to assist service dischargers as they transition to civilian life and support veterans struggling with PTSD, homelessness and social isolation.

More than 50 people have already benefited since the foundation appointed its first Armed Forces Support Officer last year with funding from BAE Systems and the Veteran’s Foundation.

Lee Geraghty, who took up the post after 22 years with the Duke of Lancaster’s regiment, said demand had increased since the start of the pandemic.

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Lee Geraghty of AFC Fylde Veterans Support

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He said: “Over the past 12 months this role has provided vital support to the Armed Forces community across the Fylde. I’m proud to have worked with more than 50 veterans, supporting those struggling to adjust to civilian life.

“Our two veterans cafes in Kirkham and St Anne have remained open throughout the pandemic and as part of AFC Fylde we have hosted veterans football nights, as well as coaching classes. exercise and youth groups for their spouses and children.

“Understanding what these men and women are going through really helps me connect with and support them, and I’m so grateful to BAE Systems for making this possible.”

AFC Fylde Veteran Support will receive an additional 12 months of funding from BAE Systems

There were many positive comments from people who attend the support events, including one veteran who said, “I served in the military for almost 15 years and was discharged for medical reasons in 2017 after being diagnosed with PTSD following my tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I have been a BAE Systems employee since January 2018 and started attending the weekly football sessions in early 2021. I regularly struggle with my PTSD and find the football sessions a great help. It helps me to fit in with people from a similar background and those who might have similar difficulties.

Last year, BAE Systems donated over £11 million to local, national and international charities and nonprofits.

BAE Systems employs a number of veterans and reservists, many of whom play an active role in its veteran support network, VetNet; – provide career and CV support or help with the transition to the world of work.

Network member Ian Willey said: “Our company is dedicated to protecting those who protect us and we are proud to have made this donation to ensure Lee can provide vital support to service personnel, veterans and their families in our community. .”

If you are a veteran or know of one who would benefit from support with health and wellness, employment, finances, isolation, or just want to meet other veterans of the community, contact Lee Geraghty on 01772 598856 or [email protected]

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