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Forces in Mind

Forces in Mind
Updated: Thursday 24th April 2014

A Forces in Mind programme which will help ex-service personnel to readjust to life as regular civilians has recently been announced by the BIG Lottery Fund. The programme will be funded by £35 million of lottery money and will benefit veterans of the armed forced all over the country. The intention is not simply to help individuals to make the transition from active service to regular life in the short term, but to also provide long term support wherever this is deemed to be necessary.

Many people who have no personal contact with members of the armed forces assume that returning from active service is something that must always come as a relief to the individuals concerned. But adjusting to civilian life after being in a war zone is not an easy task, and many ex-service personnel find that the transition takes a heavy toll on the psychological well-being of themselves and their families.

Sir Clive Booth, who is Chair of the BIG Lottery Fund, said: “For some the after-effects of making the transition from a career in the Forces do not always present themselves in an obvious way or even immediately. Supporting organisations that can make a real difference to the reintegration into civilian life of the men and women who have served their country is a real and pressing priority for us.”

He continued: “BIG has established a remarkable legacy in funding older veterans and now we want to also focus on more recent veterans and their families including returnees from Iraq and Afghanistan by putting in place this long term support.” 

The Forces in Mind programme will make it easier for ex-service personnel to receive the support that they and their families need from existing organisations. It will also help to raise general awareness of the problems that transitions back to civilian life can pose as well as funding further research into the matter.

Once again it is very satisfying to hear how the money that lottery players raise for Good Causes is being put to such worthwhile use, and we wish the Forces in Mind programme every success. If you want to help raise even more money for Good Causes then be sure to buy lottery tickets online today – there is a £13 million EuroMillions jackpot on offer this Friday 12 March and a £4.3 million Lotto jackpot on Saturday, so your purchase just might result in a big win for yourself too!

Published: Thursday 11th March 2010

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