The pandemic is having a lasting impact on the lives of wounded veterans and their families and despite the lockdown lifting, many will need ongoing support as they adapt to a ‘new normal’.
During lockdown, we received lots of requests from veterans needing urgent help to meet their everyday living costs and even as the restrictions ease, many will need ongoing financial help to keep their recoveries moving forwards - as Claire Barnes in our Grants team explains.
“The financial grants we give to veterans can typically fund anything from housing adaptions to adaptive sports equipment”, explains Claire. “But at the start of the lockdown, we definitely saw a rise in the number of requests for emergency food baskets from veterans shielding, in poverty or unable to work. We also had requests from those unable to meet rental payments because government options were not timely enough, and for help moving homeless veterans into more safe or permanent accommodation.”
“In one instance, we were able to move, at short notice, one of our very seriously injured veterans, so that he could stay with his parents in a remote part of Scotland during the lockdown. In another, we provided a self-propelled shower chair to reduce a veteran’s physical contact with carers.”
As we ease out of the lockdown, Claire and her team continue to be here for our wounded and their families as they navigate uncertain times ahead, and while the nature of the requests for support is shifting, they are no less timely.
“As we all start to navigate the ‘new normal’, we’re now providing funding for things like travel to rescheduled medical appointments, and for learning courses that were postponed during lockdown but will now help those we support get their recoveries back on track,” she says.
“Our promise is to provide support for life. With the continued support of our amazing fundraisers, our focus now is to help veterans and their families to feel they can face the months ahead with confidence, knowing that we’re here to support them with their ongoing recoveries.”
If you are a wounded veteran or loved one looking for support or advice, contact us at email@example.com.
* In 2017 we were awarded £1.5 million, funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds, to directly improve the quality of life of veterans who have suffered some of the most life-limiting injuries during their service in the Armed Forces.