Vulnerable services veterans in Bristol are urged to come forward and seek support

December 20 2016

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has launched its ‘Got Your Back’ campaign to encourage vulnerable veterans of working-age in Bishopston and Redland to come forward for help.

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has launched its ‘Got Your Back’ campaign to encourage vulnerable veterans of working-age in Bishopston and Redland to come forward for help.

SSAFA’s Bristol and South Gloucestershire branch is one of the charity’s 92 volunteer-run, local branches across the globe. The branch has supported 134 people so far this year  but SSAFA believes and there are many veterans in the area who would benefit from, but are not asking for, help.

While most Service leavers make a successful transition to civilian life, some younger veterans are experiencing serious social and financial difficulties and are reliant on food banks while others have ended up homeless or in prison. SSAFA reports that some of the most common needs of those vulnerable veterans who live in north Bristol is urgent debt support, essential food and groceries and clothing, home mobility adaptations for those who have been injured in service and training costs to help them back into work.

SSAFA exists to help all veterans and their families - its recent research identified a cohort of working-age veterans who are living in considerable hardship with more than four out of ten unable to afford daily living expenses. Too often these individuals and their families are either too proud to ask for help or don’t know where to turn. 

Veterans and their families who are in need, can contact SSAFA’s Forcesline which is confidential and free of the chain of command, either by Freephone on 0800 731 4880 or by emailing the team via www.ssafa.org.uk/gotyourback.