Help on hand for return to ‘Civvy Street’

A SPECIAL event has been organised in a bid to help local service families cope with life after the forces.

A Transition Fair, designed to ease the shift from military to civilian life, will be staged at Kimberley Barracks, Preston, on Tuesday, at 2pm.

It will be attended by representatives from local authorities, the NHS, charities and educational bodies.

The event is open to all service personnel, and their partners, who are due to leave the military in the next 12 months or so and intend to settle in Cumbria or Lancashire. Major Bob Smethurst, the unit employment support officer for the 4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (4 LANCS), said: “We aim to help all service leavers who intend to settle in Cumbria and Lancashire by providing pertinent local knowledge about the five main aspects of transition from military to civilian life.

“These are housing, education, welfare, employment and health.

“We have been really pleased by the commitment from local organisations to support this event.”

The fair is sponsored by 4 LANCS, the North West’s Territorial Army Infantry Battalion, but is for all service leavers from across the Armed Forces.

It will be opened by Councillor Mike France the chairman of the North West Veterans’ Advisory and Pensions Committee.

Experts say returning to ‘Civvy Street’ can lead to issues such as depression, family trauma, substance misuse, homelessness and in some cases suicide.

About 19,000 service personnel return to civilian life each year and it is estimated that there are about five million veterans in the UK.

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8:11pm Fri 16 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

Why not have a special event for people who work at BT, Mcdonalds, ICI, TNT, Asda,Tesco oh the list is endless.
What makes this particular industry a special case, after 22 years of adult service they get a imediate pension.
Anyone got a spoon go along they will be spoon feeding them next.
Why not have a special event for people who work at BT, Mcdonalds, ICI, TNT, Asda,Tesco oh the list is endless. What makes this particular industry a special case, after 22 years of adult service they get a imediate pension. Anyone got a spoon go along they will be spoon feeding them next. 2 for 5p

11:15pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Major Tom says...

This is great news for all the forces who defend us while we are here back on safer shores. They get very little in recognition in hunting down and dealing with terrorists.
They should be first in line for any job they apply for. It should be illegal to offer a job to a non ex-forces person over an ex-forces person. Jobs for Heroes.
It's the least we can offer them for looking after our Queen, our country, and our families.
This is great news for all the forces who defend us while we are here back on safer shores. They get very little in recognition in hunting down and dealing with terrorists. They should be first in line for any job they apply for. It should be illegal to offer a job to a non ex-forces person over an ex-forces person. Jobs for Heroes. It's the least we can offer them for looking after our Queen, our country, and our families. Major Tom

11:54pm Fri 16 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

Major Tom wrote:
This is great news for all the forces who defend us while we are here back on safer shores. They get very little in recognition in hunting down and dealing with terrorists. They should be first in line for any job they apply for. It should be illegal to offer a job to a non ex-forces person over an ex-forces person. Jobs for Heroes. It's the least we can offer them for looking after our Queen, our country, and our families.
You need arresting:

You are encouraging homophopic activity because unless youforgot 11 years ago it was illegal to join the armed forcesif you were homosexual so those leaving now giventhat the term a soldier serves for pension is 22years , that means the majority of themare non homosexual. Just put 2 and 2 together Gits.

Why don't you major Tom just go and put your jack boots on , bown shirt and swastika and start rounding people up .
[quote][p][bold]Major Tom[/bold] wrote: This is great news for all the forces who defend us while we are here back on safer shores. They get very little in recognition in hunting down and dealing with terrorists. They should be first in line for any job they apply for. It should be illegal to offer a job to a non ex-forces person over an ex-forces person. Jobs for Heroes. It's the least we can offer them for looking after our Queen, our country, and our families.[/p][/quote]You need arresting: You are encouraging homophopic activity because unless youforgot 11 years ago it was illegal to join the armed forcesif you were homosexual so those leaving now giventhat the term a soldier serves for pension is 22years , that means the majority of themare non homosexual. Just put 2 and 2 together Gits. Why don't you major Tom just go and put your jack boots on , bown shirt and swastika and start rounding people up . 2 for 5p

8:11am Sat 17 Nov 12

Chris P Bacon says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Major Tom wrote:
This is great news for all the forces who defend us while we are here back on safer shores. They get very little in recognition in hunting down and dealing with terrorists. They should be first in line for any job they apply for. It should be illegal to offer a job to a non ex-forces person over an ex-forces person. Jobs for Heroes. It's the least we can offer them for looking after our Queen, our country, and our families.
You need arresting:

You are encouraging homophopic activity because unless youforgot 11 years ago it was illegal to join the armed forcesif you were homosexual so those leaving now giventhat the term a soldier serves for pension is 22years , that means the majority of themare non homosexual. Just put 2 and 2 together Gits.

Why don't you major Tom just go and put your jack boots on , bown shirt and swastika and start rounding people up .
If the functionally illiterate were arrested, you'd be the first to be locked up.

You have a real problem with the military, don't you? Commemorating the sacrifice of soldiers in war is anathema to you and something you think needs attacking. You were spouting illiteracy on these very pages about the coverage of Memorial services a couple of weeks ago.

And what's 'homophopic'? Id that something you invented?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Major Tom[/bold] wrote: This is great news for all the forces who defend us while we are here back on safer shores. They get very little in recognition in hunting down and dealing with terrorists. They should be first in line for any job they apply for. It should be illegal to offer a job to a non ex-forces person over an ex-forces person. Jobs for Heroes. It's the least we can offer them for looking after our Queen, our country, and our families.[/p][/quote]You need arresting: You are encouraging homophopic activity because unless youforgot 11 years ago it was illegal to join the armed forcesif you were homosexual so those leaving now giventhat the term a soldier serves for pension is 22years , that means the majority of themare non homosexual. Just put 2 and 2 together Gits. Why don't you major Tom just go and put your jack boots on , bown shirt and swastika and start rounding people up .[/p][/quote]If the functionally illiterate were arrested, you'd be the first to be locked up. You have a real problem with the military, don't you? Commemorating the sacrifice of soldiers in war is anathema to you and something you think needs attacking. You were spouting illiteracy on these very pages about the coverage of Memorial services a couple of weeks ago. And what's 'homophopic'? Id that something you invented? Chris P Bacon

11:28pm Sat 17 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

Hey crisbacon or whatever your face is,if you don't understand what homophobic means look it up in the dictionary.
Hey crisbacon or whatever your face is,if you don't understand what homophobic means look it up in the dictionary. 2 for 5p

9:15am Sun 18 Nov 12

Chris P Bacon says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Hey crisbacon or whatever your face is,if you don't understand what homophobic means look it up in the dictionary.
Oh I know what 'homophobic' is, ye who has such a wonderful social life you wrote that at half eleven on a Saturday night; I was asking for clarification on what 'homophopic' meant.

And a dictionary is evidently not something with a presence in the 2 for 5p care home. It's absent along with the book of basic grammar.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Hey crisbacon or whatever your face is,if you don't understand what homophobic means look it up in the dictionary.[/p][/quote]Oh I know what 'homophobic' is, ye who has such a wonderful social life you wrote that at half eleven on a Saturday night; I was asking for clarification on what 'homophopic' meant. And a dictionary is evidently not something with a presence in the 2 for 5p care home. It's absent along with the book of basic grammar. Chris P Bacon

1:13pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Chico! says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Major Tom wrote:
This is great news for all the forces who defend us while we are here back on safer shores. They get very little in recognition in hunting down and dealing with terrorists. They should be first in line for any job they apply for. It should be illegal to offer a job to a non ex-forces person over an ex-forces person. Jobs for Heroes. It's the least we can offer them for looking after our Queen, our country, and our families.
You need arresting:

You are encouraging homophopic activity because unless youforgot 11 years ago it was illegal to join the armed forcesif you were homosexual so those leaving now giventhat the term a soldier serves for pension is 22years , that means the majority of themare non homosexual. Just put 2 and 2 together Gits.

Why don't you major Tom just go and put your jack boots on , bown shirt and swastika and start rounding people up .
Your post reads like the deranged ramblings of a drunk horse.

What a strange little man you are.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Major Tom[/bold] wrote: This is great news for all the forces who defend us while we are here back on safer shores. They get very little in recognition in hunting down and dealing with terrorists. They should be first in line for any job they apply for. It should be illegal to offer a job to a non ex-forces person over an ex-forces person. Jobs for Heroes. It's the least we can offer them for looking after our Queen, our country, and our families.[/p][/quote]You need arresting: You are encouraging homophopic activity because unless youforgot 11 years ago it was illegal to join the armed forcesif you were homosexual so those leaving now giventhat the term a soldier serves for pension is 22years , that means the majority of themare non homosexual. Just put 2 and 2 together Gits. Why don't you major Tom just go and put your jack boots on , bown shirt and swastika and start rounding people up .[/p][/quote]Your post reads like the deranged ramblings of a drunk horse. What a strange little man you are. Chico!

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