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£10k for veterans to get expert help in Bacup

VETERANS are set to be given specialist expert help from psychiatrists after securing a grant from the National Lottery.

Almost £10,000 has been handed over to Veterans In Communities (VIC) from Awards For All, to assist up to 22 former servicemen.

Structured group therapy will be offered by VIC at the REAL offices, in St James Square, Bacup, possibly from March.

Bob Elliott, VIC manager, said: “Two of our members have already benefitted from a similar programme last year, and this funding means that many more will have the same opportunity.

“This lottery money is going to help us to continue the good work that is already going on in the valley.”

The organisation already has links with the Military Veterans’ Service and Combat Stress, for assistance with post-traum- atic stress disorder.

Pat Smith, REAL community development worker, added: “Returning to civilian life is sometimes a difficult time for members of the armed forces, many of whom have complex life problems.

“Men and women who have served in various conflicts return home different than when they left, some may have returned years ago, but are still experiencing difficulties in their day-to-day living.

“It will enable veterans to manage their disorders, support each other and make positive contr-ibutions to their communities, with an opportunity to train as support workers and use their skills to help others.”

Supporters of VIC have recently widened their remit to include all members of the uniformed services, including former police officers, paramedics, and firefighters.

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5:54pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Good call says...

How about we stop starting wars of terrorism in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan and then the soldiers won't be getting phycological damage.
How about we stop starting wars of terrorism in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan and then the soldiers won't be getting phycological damage. Good call
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7:12pm Wed 16 Jan 13

sen c ble says...

Combat stress as a result of soldiers unable to cope or adjust to war events. With so much to sacrifice and the thought of leaving their loved ones and the possibility never to meet again, the reality of loss overcomes the emotions and the state of mind. The legality of war when soldiers entering into action plays a major factor how positively the infantry will react under attack. The mind will question the validity and the soldier will respond accordingly. What we witness in recent wars is just that. That the lawfulness of wars cannot be justified and hence the increase in combat stress. Regardless the number of powerful weapons an army will hold and the high hopes one has of obtaining victory, the reality of actual combat with the opponent who are equally committed of gaining success will enter into face to face combat or failing which will repeatedly counter attack with detrimental effects. Modern soldiers are faced with a dilemma. Either hold on to what has been been acquired securely and refuse unjustified wars or lose all under doubt of legitamacy of war.
Combat stress as a result of soldiers unable to cope or adjust to war events. With so much to sacrifice and the thought of leaving their loved ones and the possibility never to meet again, the reality of loss overcomes the emotions and the state of mind. The legality of war when soldiers entering into action plays a major factor how positively the infantry will react under attack. The mind will question the validity and the soldier will respond accordingly. What we witness in recent wars is just that. That the lawfulness of wars cannot be justified and hence the increase in combat stress. Regardless the number of powerful weapons an army will hold and the high hopes one has of obtaining victory, the reality of actual combat with the opponent who are equally committed of gaining success will enter into face to face combat or failing which will repeatedly counter attack with detrimental effects. Modern soldiers are faced with a dilemma. Either hold on to what has been been acquired securely and refuse unjustified wars or lose all under doubt of legitamacy of war. sen c ble
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