Armed Forces Day

June 22, 2023

Armed Forces Day – 24 June 2023

About

Armed Forces DayArmed Forces Day in the UK is an annual event celebrated in late June to commemorate the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces. It’s a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved in events across the country.

Stay informed about the incredible work of veteran charities and join them in celebrating Armed Forces Day by visiting their respective websites, participating in their events and fundraising. Together, let’s ensure our veterans receive the support and recognition they deserve.

Charities

Here are just a few of the non-profit organisations making a significant impact:

  • Blind Veterans: https://www.blindveterans.org.ukhelps vision-impaired ex-Servicemen and women to rebuild their lives after sight loss. They provide rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support to help blind veterans regain their independence and live the life they choose. Support for five in 10 blind of their veterans is only possible because of gifts in wills.
  • British Legion: https://www.britishlegion.org.ukthe country’s largest Armed Forces charity, with 180,000 members, 110,000 volunteers and a network of partners and charities; helping them give support wherever and whenever it’s needed
  • Care for Veterans: https://www.careforveterans.org.uk/formerly The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, Care for Veterans provides long term nursing care, rehabilitation, respite and award-winning end-of-life care to disabled ex-armed forces personnel from the RAF, Army, Royal Navy and auxiliary services.
  • Combat Stresshttps://combatstress.org.uk the veterans’ mental health charity.  Founded in 1919, provide life-changing treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict, focusing on those with complex mental health issues.  Their specialist treatment doesn’t just change lives, it save them too.  If you’d like to find our more, or to donate, please visit https://combatstress.org.uk
  • Gurkha Welfare: https://www.gwt.org.uk – provide financial, medical and development aid to Gurkha veterans, their families and communities. Join their Trailwalker event in September, a 100km walk across the South Downs to be completed in 30 hours or less, which has military origins and indeed, remains a military training exercise as well as a challenge for civilians.
  • Help for Heroes: https://www.helpforheroes.org.ukhelps veterans, their relatives, serving personnel and people who worked alongside the UK military with their physical and mental health needs, and a range of welfare issues.
  • RAF Benevolent Fund: https://www.rafbf.org – provides lifelong support to serving and ex-serving RAF personnel and their families. Read the blog that they have shared for Armed Forces Week
  • SSAFAA: https://www.ssafa.org.uksupport for regulars and reserves in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army and the Royal Air Force and their families, including anyone who has completed National Service.
  • The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust:  https://www.rnbt.org.ukprovides financial assistance and support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their families in times of need.
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