American guest joins Veterans Aid CEO at King’s College

May 2, 2018
CEO of Veterans Aid Dr Hugh Milroy gave his annual lecture at King’s College London on 1st May and challenged some assumptions about life after military service.

Programme leader Professor Edgar Jones introduced Dr Milroy to MSc War & Psychiatry students at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Denmark Hill Campus, where he spoke about the Charity’s work and what it means to be a veteran in 21st Century Britain.

Former RAF officer Dr Milroy is a visiting senior lecturer at the IoPPN.  This year he was joined by VA’s American guest Tramecia Garner, Associate Director for Housing & Residential Programs at Swords to Plowshares  an organisation, like Veterans Aid, that is committed to addressing the immediate needs of vulnerable veterans.

Ms Garner, who is spending two weeks with VA as part of the Homeless Link International Program, said, “I am learning so much with Veterans Aid about its work with veterans and community partners. This lecture only highlighted the Charity’s in-depth knowledge of the ex-service community, its needs and what it means to provide frontline services here in the UK and abroad. I look forward to taking what I am learning back to my agency as VA’s success rate is matched by none.

“As we in San Francisco continue our journey towards making veteran homelessness a rare and brief occurrence we can look to the work of Veterans Aid as a model that truly works.”

Dr Milroy said, “I enjoy meeting  students and individuals with an interest in veterans affairs  – either at the university or at our Head Office in Victoria. There are many myths about military service and veterans and it is important that people studying at this level are informed and able to put things into perspective.”

*The IoPPN is Europe’s largest centre for research and postgraduate education in psychiatry, psychology, basic and clinical neuroscience. Dr Milroy, formerly a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College, is also an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia’s School of Social Work where he studied for his PhD. In 2016 he became a Doctor of Civil Law (h.c.) at UEA. In 2016 Professor Jones and Dr Milroy co-authored Stolen trauma: why some veterans elaborate their psychological experience of military service.