Honour today's Armed Forces personnel now

As we fast approach the centenary of Armistice, it's important we take time out to remember the challenges faced by our Armed Forces today.

Tuesday, 23rd October 2018, 12:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd October 2018, 12:33 pm

While it’s important we honour the past, we must also show our support to those who serve now.

It’s easy to forget that serving in our Armed Forces means more than defending the nation – there is also a human price that every member of the military pays.

Armed Forces charity, SSAFA’s research shows more than half of those serving have missed once-in-a-lifetime moments in their children’s lives, with 9% missing the birth of their child, and 72% being away from loved ones during significant family events, such as weddings and funerals.

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Whilst being away from home is accepted to be a part of being an Armed Forces family, it’s important that, in the lead up to Remembrance Day, we take time to acknowledge the sacrifices those currently serving face, appreciating that those moments missed can never be replaced.

Justine Baynes,

Director at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity