How you helped a veteran this Christmas
This New Year, we wanted to share a story from one of our beneficiaries that demonstrates how the money you help us raise by buying our Tommies can directly help veterans.
As reported in December, homelessness is an ongoing issue and appears to be on the rise. As part of his day-to-day work, Walking With the Wounded’s Welfare & Employment Officer, Scott Duncan, works closely with isolated veterans who need help with their work and living situations. In the winter, and particularly at Christmas, the impact of the work Scott and Walking With the Wounded does is all the more poignant.
On Christmas Eve, a veteran was released from hospital with nowhere to sleep but his car. After 13 years of service, the veteran was diagnosed with PTSD and was now facing homelessness at Christmas.
Scott found out about this at 12.48pm and by 13.38pm, Scott had arranged for EDs Homes, a Wigan based charity supporting ex-forces into accommodation to provide a room for the veteran, as well as a Christmas dinner. The room was ready by 5pm on Christmas Eve.
Scott has since confirmed that all is well with the veteran and they are now taking the next steps towards independent living – looking at housing available, training and work experience opportunities, local council welfare provision and support from other Armed Forces charities to provide furnishings.
Your purchase of a Tommy helps charities like Walking With the Wounded create a support net that ensures they can help veterans within hours. Without your support, Walking With the Wounded and the other military charities we support wouldn’t be able to find out and empower at-risk veterans.
This Christmas, the money you helped us raise had a swift and direct impact on someone who would otherwise have been sleeping in his car. This veteran – and the countless others WWTW supports – will ultimately make it into employment and independence.
If you or someone you know needs help from Walking With the Wounded, please contact 01263 863 903. You can still purchase a Tommy from our website, all profits are split between our 6 beneficiary charities, of which WWTW is one.