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Christmas 2009

May 14, 2012
Christmas was a truly amazing time for everyone connected with VA. Even more so than last year, we were stunned at the generosity shown to us from awide variety of friends both individuals and from business. They are almost too numerous to mention them all and in some cases the…

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Howard League – VA’s CEO Joins Advisory Group

May 14, 2012
The Howard League for Penal Reform has launched an independent inquiry into former armed service personnel in prison. The inquiry will seek to discover the reasons why veterans enter the penal system, investigate how former armed service personnel can be given appropriate support to prevent offending and look for good…

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Nigel Goes To Print!

May 14, 2012
A resident of VA’s hostel, Nigel, has recently had his remarkable life story published on the website of the European Parkinson’s Disease Association website. Nigel, a sufferer, spent 30 years on the streets . . . read the stunning account of his journey on: http://www.rewritetomorrow.eu.com/reflections/personal-stories/my-unwanted-friend VA’s CEO, Dr Hugh Milroy,…

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Photographer Malcolm Crowthers makes a splash for Veterans

May 14, 2012
VA Photographer Malcolm makes a splash for Veterans Photographer and musician Malcolm Crowthers, best known for his images of classical musicians and composers, has taken to the water. And the miles he clocks up in swimming pools are making money for his neighbours. Malcolm is no ordinary fundraiser, but then…

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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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