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 have created our 40,000 Strong model force to help show the true scale of those who have put their lives on the line for us.
With your help, we can fight to fix the gaps, improve the transition process for all wounded veterans and provide vital support to those already wounded. We’re calling 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. Join our mission today to help all wounded veterans stand strong. Donate to receive part of the 40,000 Strong Model Force, or sign up to hold your own 40,000 Strong event so we can still be here to keep fighting.
*Data correct as of July 2019.
**Anonymous online survey of 403 beneficiaries commissioned by Help for Heroes between 19th-30th August 2019.
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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 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.Read more
Veteran Lee Patmore was forced to leave the Royal Navy in 1999 after damaging his back whilst in training.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Paula Knott’s career in the RAF came to an end in 1989 following a leg injury. In the years that followed, she had to deal not just with physical pain, but the psychological impact of losing both her job and a life she loved.Read more
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.Read more