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Veterans' stories from Iraq, 10 years on
Here we share three stories of inspirational veterans wounded in Iraq who we have supported in their on-going recovery. Ways of communicating with loved ones back home were scarce in the warzone so they relied on sending military airmail letters, known as ‘Blueys’. They’ve shared some of their precious letters with us….
The important role sport can have on both physical and psychological wellbeing
In his role as Activity and Wellbeing Lead for Wales and Hereford, Nick helps wounded veterans enjoy sporting activities that support their recovery journeys. Having studied Sport Science at university, Nick has always understood the important role sport can have on both physical and psychological wellbeing.
How Royal Navy veteran Mike is carving out a career making world-class cricket bats
Mike Kennedy, an injured Navy veteran, has created a limited-edition, handmade cricket bat to raise money for Help for Heroes. Mike sustained massive injuries to his lower back in a rocket attack in Iraq in 2008, and spent the next five years in and out of rehab. In a bid to forge a new career, Mike, an outstanding cricketer, received support from Help for Heroes to get back on his feet, regain his confidence and he began to shape his future in cricket.
How we are collaborating with communities and local clubs to develop inclusive health and wellbeing opportunities
We know, first-hand, the power that sport can play in people's physical and psychological recovery if they experience a life changing injury or illness. Last year alone, nearly one in two of our veterans requested access to health and wellbeing activities to aid their recovery.
Our response to The Budget March 2021
While we are concerned about the lack of financial support for the NHS, Social Care services and the Charity sector in general, we welcome the support to the veteran community demonstrated in yesterday’s Budget. This follows a meeting between Help for Heroes CEO Melanie Waters and the Chancellor at the end of last year alongside charity partners to discuss the impact of the pandemic on veterans’ charities.
How the power of sport helps wounded veterans recover post injury
Dean is a Physical Development Coach, who uses the power of sport to help wounded veterans recover post injury. Because Dean himself is a veteran, he has a unique understanding of the challenges many of them face. Dean was injured in Afghanistan in 2010, and it was his own experience of using exercise as part of his recovery that led to him wanting to help others in the same way.