Combat Stress is the UK's leading military charity specialising in the care of Veterans' mental health. We look after men and women who are suffering from a psychological condition related to their Service career. This might be depression, anxiety, a phobia or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Our services are free of charge to the Veteran. Last year we received over 1,400 new referrals. We have a current caseload of more than 4,600individuals - including 168 Afghanistan and 533 Iraq Veterans. In March 2010 our Patron HRH The Prince of Wales launched The Enemy Within Appeal on behalf of Combat Stress. This three-year fundraising campaign is designed to help us treat the escalating number of psychologically injured Veterans who are turning to us for help, by Establishing 14 Community Outreach teams nationwide and enhancing clinical treatment at our three short-stay treatment centres
BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Service Men's Association) is the national charity for limbless serving and ex service men and women and their dependants and widows. It is the charity that directly supports all our service men and women who lose limbs, the use of limbs or eyes or the sight of an eye in the service of our country and we are with them all whenever we are needed for the rest of their lives. Our work starts with rehabilitation - proving that there is life after amputation. Our work is about amputee helping amputee - the fellowship of shared experience. Our work is about life long welfare support, about campaigning for what they deserve and about being there when old injuries come back to haunt. Our youngest Member is 19 and our oldest is 99 - Truly we are BLESMA for Life. BLESMA needs to raise nearly Two Million Pounds a year to adequately meet all its objectives. These are:
a. To provide challenging and effective rehabilitation for those who have recently suffered amputation or loss of use of limb.
b. To provide permanent residential care and respite convalescence at our BLESMA Homes in Blackpool and Crieff in Scotland.
c. To make grants to ease the effects of disability and hardship.
d. To provide a comprehensive and effective welfare service for all Members and Widows to include:Provision of comprehensive advice on war pensions, compensation and care and disability allowances. Making representation to government departments and local government officers on behalf of Members and Widows. Represents Members and Widows at War Pension and Armed Forces Compensation Tribunals. Provision of a counselling service pre and post amputation. To ensure prosthetic provision meets the requirements of our Members.
e. To represent the collective interest of all Members and Widows to national and local government.
Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)
We help and support those who serve in our Armed Forces and those who used to serve - even if it was only for a single day. We also care for the families of both. Last year alone, our professional staff and trained volunteers provided a reliable, caring and trusted service to more than 50,000 people. We helped to make a real difference to many lives.
The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion is dedicated to meeting the specific needs of sick and injured personnel and helping them to make the transition into civilian life. Additionally, we are committed to look after people who have been seriously wounded in battle and who are long-term sick or injured. As that responsibility does not end when they leave the military, The Royal British Legion will continue to support them throughout their lives.
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