Help for Heroes gets the Government to agree to support the most seriously injured Veterans

Monday 8 April 2019

Last year, Help for Heroes petitioned the Government to improve support for the nation’s most seriously injured Veterans.

Some Veterans will never fully recover from their battle wounds. Previously, they may not have survived their injuries at all. After extensive lobbying from Help for Heroes, the Government has now announced increased financial support for those most seriously injured while serving and who require 24-hour care.

Their full care and support can cost tens of thousands of pounds and many have had daily challenges choosing between therapy and improving their overall quality of life. The Charity, which has directly supported over 21,000 Veterans and their families since 2007, published a report in December 2018 calling on the Government to improve the support offered to these Veterans. 

The money will be available for personal care, equipment, adaptive sports, housing adaptions, psychological therapies, additional speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, support technology and dogs and other quality of life enhancing activities.

 Help for Heroes’ Head of Welfare and Clinical Services, Carol Betteridge OBE said:

"We are pleased Ben will now be able to start this new chapter of his life with the support he rightly deserves in place. Help for Heroes is proud to have fought for this money to support the most seriously injured. Their needs are among the most complex and we are delighted that the MOD has recognised this and their role in making sure those who are injured while Serving are not forgotten about.  These Veterans are determined to live as full a life as possible and this modest amount of additional financial support can help them to do so. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the MOD, NHS and local authorities to ensure our Heroes get the support they deserve, for life.”

Help for Heroes’ report Improving Care for Our Most Seriously Wounded is available here: https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/media/442686/improving-the-lives-of-our-most-seriously-injured-veterans.pdf

Those not eligible for this MOD funding may still be eligible for similar support from Help for Heroes. Please check out our VSI page here for more information.

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