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Royal British Legion Campaign for Remembrance of the First World War.
Say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who helped to shape our world as we know it today.
In the final year of the WW1 centenary, The Royal British Legion is inviting the British public to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world.
Members of the public from all walks of life can join our movement to express their gratitude to those who gave themselves to the war effort and rebuilt a better nation from its darkest hour.
Between 8 August and 11 November 2018, we’ll be asking the nation to say Thank You in their own way; whether online, at work or where they live. As the year progresses, more news on the Thank You movement will be announced on this page.
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LONELINESS AND SOCIAL ISOLATION IN THE ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY
The Legion’s 2014 Household Survey of the ex-Service community found that 370,000 older veterans reported being lonely. Furthermore, over twice that number reported experiencing some relationship or isolation difficulty – equivalent to around 770,000 people. Despite these findings, research on loneliness and social isolation across the UK Armed Forces community remains scant.
COUNT THEM IN
The Legion and PoppyScotland are asking the Government to ensure that questions on the Armed Forces community are included in the next UK Census, in 2021. This information will help ensure they receive the care and support they deserve.
GULF WAR ILLNESSES
Twenty-five years after the start of the First Gulf War, the Legion has launched a new campaign to focus on veterans with ‘Gulf War Illnesses’.
Find out more about existing support for Gulf War veterans and what else we’d like the Government to do.
ASBESTOS CANCER AND THE MILITARY
Under Government compensation rules, veterans who develop Mesothelioma from working with asbestos during Service were left thousands of pounds worse off than their civilian contemporaries.
Find out more about the Legion’s successful campaign to address this injustice.
THE VETERAN EMPLOYMENT GAP
Legion research has found that Armed Forces veterans in the UK are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as civilians.
Tell us your story of securing civilian employment once you left Service.
SUPPORT FOR SERVICE CHILDREN
Children in Service families face some big challenges, such as emotional strain due to parents being deployed, frequent house moves and problems with admission into schools.
Take a look at our guides for ways to support Service children in school.
INSULT TO INJURY
Under government charging guidance, veterans injured during their Service can lose most of their compensation to cover the costs of their care.
Find out more about the Legion’s successful campaign to address this injustice in England, and our ongoing work to ensure that veterans elsewhere in the UK won’t get left behind.
The Community Covenant initiative calls on local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their area and promote public understanding and awareness.
Community Covenants are making a real difference on the ground in all local communities – get in touch with your local representative and see how they are supporting the initiative.