23 June 2021 | Comment | Article by Simon Ellis
I spend every day, in my job, supporting armed forces personnel and their families. I see the passion and commitment they have for their work, the sacrifices they make and the challenges they face. This doesn’t end when they leave active service.
It can be tough for many veterans when they leave the military. Finding a new career, social life, community, and access to support isn’t always easy. There can be struggles around re-training, isolation, mental health and finding renewed focus away from such a structured, and disciplined, environment.
That’s why it’s so important to find ways to connect and helping veterans once they’ve moved on.
The ‘Forces of Change’ event on Friday is designed to support this cause.
It will shine a light on the people and initiatives that are working to improve the lives of those who have served.
At Hugh James, we’re proud to sponsor and participate in this FREE event which, this year, is virtual.
There will be a line-up of inspirational guest speakers who are making a difference and driving change for veterans, service leavers and their families.
Speakers include Jonny Mercer MP, the former Minister for Defence People and Veterans, who served for 13 years with the British Army and subsequently entered politics to improve the care of veterans.
We’ll hear from Victoria Williams, the lead therapist for Veterans NHS Wales, at Swansea Bay Health Board.
Other speakers include former British Elite Paratrooper and CIA Agent, Anthony Stephen Malone, and Samuel T. Reddy, bestselling author and leader, who helps service leavers transition and represents Commonwealth veterans fighting for equal rights.
Sadly, the event couldn’t go ahead last year, due to the pandemic, but I clearly remember the launch event back in 2019. It was really moving, seeing individuals getting tangible support with some tough life challenges and some veterans reaching out for help for the very first time.
As celebrations take place across the country for Armed Forces Week, it also marks 10 years since organisations across Wales signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant.
At Hugh James, we’re proud signatories to this Covenant, which was established to help ensure past and present members of the Armed Forces community are not disadvantaged when accessing services, and that they receive special consideration, if their condition is Service related.
The ‘Forces of Change’ event ties in with all of this. It takes place on Friday 25 June between 11am - 12:30pm, the day before Armed Forces Day, and will be hosted by The Wave’s Breakfast Presenter Claire Scott.
It’s free and easy to sign up, so book your free place today.
I hope to see you there.