Help for Heroes and King’s College London (KCL) have released the results of their Counting the Cost study. Following conflicts around the world since the 1991 Gulf War up to Afghanistan in 2014, the best available evidence suggests that at least 66,090 Servicemen and Women and Veterans need some form of health-related support currently or in the years to come.
This figure equates to almost 1 in 11 men and women who served as Regulars between 1991 and 2014.
‘Counting the Cost’, which was funded by Help for Heroes and led by Professor Neil Greenberg, an academic psychiatrist based at KCL and one of the senior members of the military mental health research team, used a number of sources of research data, publicly available reports and FOI requests to finally put a figure on the number of injured, wounded and sick servicemen and women who will need support now or in the future. The study reveals that between 1991 and 2014:
757,805 people served as a Regular in the British Armed Forces
235,187 Regulars deployed on one or more major operation including Op Granby, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq
36,506 Regulars were medically discharged (this figure may include a small number of Reservists)
However, many more develop problems after leaving Service and not all of the 66,090 will realise that they might benefit from help on offer by the MoD, NHS or charities.