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Down and out in civvy street by Adam Forrest

May 14, 2012
Homeless veterans are “crashing” through the military safety net. What happens when the fighting stops? Tommy Moffat is on his mobile again, maintaining two or three other conversations with folk coming in and out of his office. He likes to talk, and there are more than a few problems to…

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One minute Interview

May 14, 2012
60 seconds interview with Veterans Aid CEO, Dr Hugh Milroy. What time to you get up? I get up at 4.30am every weekday – I’m rarely home before 6.00pm. If there’s a crisis, it can be midnight! How does your day start? Every day is different. We are open for…

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Expert collaboration brings homelessness to book

May 14, 2012
Veterans Aid CEO Dr Hugh Milroy (far left) is to co-author a groundbreaking book on the causes and consequences of homelessness among ex-Service personnel. The research aspect of this work is funded by the Dean’s Research Fellowship Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech…

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Fitness classes for the guys

May 14, 2012
An exciting free initiative for Veterans Aid clients who stay at New Belvedere House is access to British Military Fitness classes with weekly sessions in Stepney Park. A former Serviceman leads all the volunteers in a series of press-ups, jumping, and energetic running sessions to help them restore fitness. All…

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How Detox can save your life

May 14, 2012
Image courtesy of http://www.defenceimagedatabase.mod.uk Phil Rogers runs the Veterans Aid Substance Misuse Project. It aims to support those ex-Servicemen whose lives have become unmanageable as a result of their addiction(s) and who wish to rebuild a life for themselves without drugs or alcohol. The programme started in May 2008. Since…

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Distinguished Trustee dies

May 14, 2012
Colonel Mike Osborn DSO, OBE, MC, ex-CO of 22 Special Air Service, and long time Trustee of the Ex-Services Fellowship Centres (now Veterans Aid), died on Jan 15th , 2010, aged 92. VA’s CEO, Wg Cdr Dr Hugh Milroy said, “Much of the strength and quality that today’s VA demonstrates…

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Veterans Aid on Tour in France

May 11, 2012
A group of veterans from VA’s East End hostel, New Belvedere House, enjoyed a therapeutic break in France as guests of the Franco-British Association of Sillery. Colonel Geoffrey Cardozo, VA’s fundraiser, who organised the visit, said: “It was a marvellous opportunity for our lads and the staff who took them…

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Chief Executive briefs HM the Queen on the work of VA

May 11, 2012
On Tuesday 7th July, VA’s Chief Executive Dr Hugh Milroy, and his wife, Lorraine, attended the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. While the day itself will be memorable for the torrential rain that interrupted the event, it was also a very memorable day for VA. Hugh and his wife…

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CEO Dines with the Army

May 11, 2012
The CEO, Dr Hugh Milroy, was a guest of the RLC London District Food Services at a Dinner held at Woolwich Officers’ Mess. Principal guest was famous chef, Jamie Oliver. The meal was prepared by young chefs from Jamie’s “15” project and newly trained RLC chefs. Uniquely, one of the…

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Veterans Aid: still helping homeless ex-servicemen

May 11, 2012
Veterans Aid: still helping homeless ex-servicemen by Melissa van der Klugt It is only when darkness falls on the streets of London that the plight of many veterans of the Armed Forces becomes fully apparent. More than 1,000 of them are homeless. Until a couple of months ago Ray (not…

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