Veterans ‘missing support’

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LEADERS of a military charity believe hundreds of former servicemen and women are missing out on vital care and support.

Colin Watson, secretary of the Durham branch of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, says more than 500 ex-military personnel and their families across local communities had received assistance during the last year.

But he believes the figure is “just the tip of the iceberg” of those who could qualify for help from association’s volunteer caseworkers.

“There are many people in this county eligible for our help who do not realise we can assist them and there are others who may not like the idea of accepting help.

“But it takes just one day of military service to be eligible for our support and we can also be used by the dependants of those who have served.”

The association’s network of local caseworkers can offer help and guidance on a range of issues including mobility scooters, home adaptations, training and housing.

They can also provide practical and financial assistance, as well as emotional support.

The Durham branch can be contacted by phone on 383 9452 or by e-mail on