At Help for Heroes we have supported over 21,000 Veterans and their families since 2007. We believe those who put their lives on the line for us, deserve a second chance at life. But some Veterans are so seriously injured that they will never fully recover from their battle injuries. Their injuries are so extensive that, previously, they may not have survived. Their full care and support needs are not covered by current NHS care packages. Many are having to choose care at the expense of quality of life.
Help for Heroes is working on a programme to best identify their ongoing needs. We cannot change their medical conditions, but we can ensure these Very Seriously Injured Veterans regain their sense of self-worth, self-esteem and self-confidence to live a purposeful and meaningful life. We believe that in a civilised society, they deserve it.
We are calling on the Government to fund appropriately its own Integrated Personal Commissioning for Veterans (IPC4V) project to ensure the most seriously injured Veterans and Serving Armed Forces Personnel are able to get the support they need to improve their quality of life.
Help for Heroes’ Head of Welfare and Clinical Services, Carol Betteridge OBE said: “The needs of the Very Seriously Injured are among the most complex. Many of these very seriously injured Veterans are determined to live as full a life as possible. Help for Heroes wants to work closely with the MOD, NHS and local authorities to ensure our Serving personnel and Veterans are cared for. But the project urgently needs funding.”
Chief Executive, Mel Waters said: “Help for Heroes is committed to collaborating with the government and others to improve the lives of all wounded, injured and sick Veterans and their families, so that all are able to live secure and healthy lives with purpose. This paper is the first of a series of proposals setting out where we think the government should be doing more. I commend the NHS for doing what it can, but funding for the IPC4V scheme would make such a huge difference to the lives of Veterans who have been very seriously injured. Our aim is to make sure no one is left behind.”
Help for Heroes’ report ‘Improving the Lives of Our Most Seriously Injured’ is available here: