Lancashire TelegraphExtra £55,000 health cash made available for East Lancashire's military veterans (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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Extra £55,000 health cash made available for East Lancashire's military veterans

AN extra £55,000 has been pledged to provide health services for army veterans and service personnel across East Lancashire.

Last year the East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group agreed to provide £100,000 towards the work, part of the area’s efforts to meet the needs of the military covenant.

But now additional funding has been set aside, after the covenant was signed by a number of district councils.

And it has been announced that two support organisations, Burnley-based Salute and Veterans In Communities, will oversee how the cash is invested.

Di Van Ruitenbeek, CCG lay chairman, said: “There are an estimated 24,000 serving or retired military personnel in East Lancashire.

“I believe these two voluntary organisations will work effectively in partnership with local authorities and other organisations to improve their health and wellbeing.”

Just last week the Lancashire Telegraph also reported how Veteran Association UK, another Burnley-based organisation, is in advanced talks to provide ‘halfway’ houses for former servicemen and women.

Aileen Hutchinson, general manager of Salute, said that the organsation was looking forward to working with the CCG and Veterans in Communities so ‘key health issues’ of ex-forces personnel could be recognised and treated.

Dorothy Mitchell, of Veterans in Communities, said: “We appreciate the trust the CCG has placed in us to further develop services to the veteran community in fulfilment of the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

“We have met with Salute to discuss how we can work in partnership and we are drafting an action plan to coordinate our services across East Lancashire.

“The aim is to provide opportunities for veterans and serving military personnel to re-integrate back into their communities, and our goal is to do this by working together with the NHS and voluntary organisations across the North West by providing access to relevant specialist health services.”

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8:12pm Mon 11 Feb 13

sen c b l says...

Family support is a must for veterans. Without this they remain isolated and unforgotten. Relying solely on charities is not the future for these servicemen. A roof over their heads is not much to ask for and should be regarded as a duty.
Many would think twice before enrolling with the millitary if they were aware of the realities after having returned from frontline service.
Family support is a must for veterans. Without this they remain isolated and unforgotten. Relying solely on charities is not the future for these servicemen. A roof over their heads is not much to ask for and should be regarded as a duty. Many would think twice before enrolling with the millitary if they were aware of the realities after having returned from frontline service. sen c b l
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12:10am Tue 12 Feb 13

Good call says...

Why should the armed forces get extra.Stop sending people to war in places like Afghanistan, that will stop the flow of ex soldiers coming back with mental health problems like PTSD and physical injuries.
Why should the armed forces get extra.Stop sending people to war in places like Afghanistan, that will stop the flow of ex soldiers coming back with mental health problems like PTSD and physical injuries. Good call
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9:05pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Ripley:) says...

Interesting comment. I agree that PM should stop sending our soldiers to fight battles/wars that do not concern us!! But people are free to choose a military/services career, many enjoy a long military career....others enjoy but are not as fortuneate when leaving or are discharged. Veterans should be entitled to help, it's not really extra help...it's just a case of raising awareness and also the public 'civvy's' showing some kind of appreciation that they performed a duty for this country.
Any veteran is entitled to the same help as other's get, regardless of mental aptitude, It's just that some simply don't know where or how to get it! Raising awareness will hopefully send the message that veterans are not on their own or singled out.
Families of veterans/ex service personnel are in much need of civvy support and the support from each other.
Interesting comment. I agree that PM should stop sending our soldiers to fight battles/wars that do not concern us!! But people are free to choose a military/services career, many enjoy a long military career....others enjoy but are not as fortuneate when leaving or are discharged. Veterans should be entitled to help, it's not really extra help...it's just a case of raising awareness and also the public 'civvy's' showing some kind of appreciation that they performed a duty for this country. Any veteran is entitled to the same help as other's get, regardless of mental aptitude, It's just that some simply don't know where or how to get it! Raising awareness will hopefully send the message that veterans are not on their own or singled out. Families of veterans/ex service personnel are in much need of civvy support and the support from each other. Ripley:)
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10:22pm Tue 12 Feb 13

2 for 5p says...

oh why dont you just go the full hog and spoon feed them
oh why dont you just go the full hog and spoon feed them 2 for 5p
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