Midlothian MP backs veterans’ charity
The MP for Owen Thompson joined Help for Heroes in Parliament on their 15th anniversary to discuss their work and called for improvements in mental health support for veterans.
Men and women are forced to give up their careers in the Armed Forces because of physical or psychological injuries, and their lives are changed forever. Help for Heroes was founded in 2007 and has helped injured veterans live safe and healthy lives with purpose. They do this by providing physical, psychological, financial and social support.
At the reception, Owen Thompson – who is a prominent campaigner for improved veterans benefits – spoke with Help for Heroes about the need for better recognition and support for mental health as well as the need for additional measures to support the rehabilitation of veterans who may have complex physical and mental injuries.
Mr Thompson said: “We all owe our Armed Forces a huge debt of gratitude, so I salute the work that Help for Heroes has done over the past 15 years to improve the lives of veterans in the UK. Any Midlothian veterans who need help should contact them to see if there is anything they can do to help.
“Charities such as Help for Heroes have an important role to play, but there are many areas where government support for veterans urgently needs improvement. Along with other members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Veterans, I am currently campaigning for veterans reforms in the UK, and encourage any veteran who has applied for financial support through war pensions or of armed forces compensation plans to complete our short survey. on VeteransSurvey.UK and tell us about your experiences.
“I look forward to working with Help for Heroes in the future to help amplify the voices of veterans and ensure everyone gets the support they need.”
James Needham, Acting CEO, said: “When we began our mission in 2007, many people had returned from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, so the needs of veterans and their families were at the forefront. level of public concerns. While the needs of our former military men and women have not diminished, those needs are perhaps less present in people’s minds.
“At Help for Heroes we continue to support veterans across the UK to provide them with the support they need to live the best possible quality of life.”
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