Remembering fallen heroes

First published in Letters

Sir.–At this time of year, our thoughts turn to the brave servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation.

Recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have brought added relevance to annual acts of Remembrance. Increasingly, we remember not just battles long past but families in our own communities who are mourning the recent death of a loved one. We also think about the bravery of those who now live with lifechanging injuries.

During the last century, British troops have seen action in many different conflicts. But from the sadly dwindling band of Second World War veterans and the National Service generation fighting in Korea to those who served in Northern Ireland, the Falklands War and the campaigns in Bosnia and Kosovo, many veterans feel their sacrifices and those of their comrades have been forgotten. The mental and physical scars of a conflict last long after the battles have left the front pages.

The Hampshire branch of SSAFA Forces Help provides a lifetime of support to servicemen and women and their dependants.

So, if you have ever served in our Armed Forces, including as a National Serviceman or Reservist, or you know someone who has and you need some support then SSAFA’s team is here to help. We can be contacted on 02380 704978 or secretary@hampshiressafa.org.uk. –Alick Brown, Branch Executive Committee, SSAFA Forces Help Hampshire.

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