40,000 Strong

Did you know that in the last 20 years, almost 40,000 men and women have had to leave the Armed Forces due to injury or illness? Every day, this number grows, with an average of seven* people being medically discharged everyday since drawdown from Afghanistan.

Seventy percent say their transition to civilian life was a negative experience.** That’s why we created our 40,000 Strong model force campaign to help show the true scale of those who have put their lives on the line for us.

With your help, we raised awareness to try to fix the gaps, improve the transition process for all wounded veterans and provide vital support to those already wounded. We’re called on the Government to commission an independent review into the MoD’s medical discharge process, and specifically the support available to service personnel as they transition. 

We believe every wounded veteran is entitled to receive the help they need. We called on supporters to join our mission to help all wounded veterans stand strong by donating. Donations made during this campaign received part of the 40,000 Strong Model Force.

*Data correct as of July 2019.

**Anonymous online survey of 403 beneficiaries commissioned by Help for Heroes between 19th-30th August 2019.

 

 

How Your Money Helps

By joining our mission and supporting us today, you are helping people like Carl, Lee, Kev, Dave, Paula, Paul & Tommy.

Carl Shadrake

Carl Shadrake

Carl Shadrake was critically injured twice in Afghanistan. The second time, not only did he have to come to terms with his own injuries, but he also had to cope with the devastating news that his brother had been killed in action.

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Kev Gray

Kev Gray

Kev Gray was discharged from the army in 1995, suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) triggered by experiences in Northern Ireland and the first Gulf War.

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Dave Watson

Dave Watson

Dave Watson’s life changed forever when he stepped on a hidden bomb in Afghanistan in 2010, losing both legs and an arm. He can still vividly remember the horrific details of that day.

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The story of Paul Colling

The story of Paul Colling

Army veteran Paul Colling lost the life and the job he loved after a traumatic leg injury left him in near-constant pain. The former Corporal in the Royal Signals was medically discharged after serving 16 years and says that the charity is one of the main reasons he’s still here today.  Read Paul's journey.

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