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Chairman’s foreword

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A significant number of those coming

to Help for Heroes for recovery support

right now are relatively young men and

women. The biggest challenge in their

lives is not knowing what their future

holds. Many have survived complex

trauma, however, there is little evidence

to help us understand how their bodies

and minds will be in the next 10, 20 or

even 50 years’ time.

The challenges ahead

This means that there are big challenges

ahead. At Help for Heroes we believe that

it is important to address these challenges

head on. By funding research programmes,

we aim to have a better understanding

of the long-termchallenges that our

wounded, injured and sick face.

One such programme is the ADVANCE

study, a ground-breaking research

programme which aims to investigate

the long-termmedical and psychosocial

outcomes of battlefield casualties from

Iraq and Afghanistan.

We have also been advising national

and devolved governments and

parliaments on the needs of Veterans.

In April 2018, we hosted the Secretary of

State for Defence, GavinWilliamson, so

that he could see first-hand the support

that we offer and raise issues affecting

the lives of our Servicemen and women

to the Government.

Building on our work to improve the

care pathway for very seriously injured

Veterans, we have called on the

Government to ensure its Integrated

Personal Commissioning for Veterans

Project (IPC4V) is appropriately funded to

ensure that those who need it are able to

access the clinical and social support they

need to improve their quality of life, such

as neuro-physiotherapy which is not

routinely provided by the NHS for any

length of time.

We were called by the Defence Select

Committee to give evidence in their

inquiry into Veterans’ Mental Health,

which agreed with our findings that the

extent of mental health issues for

Veterans is likely to be underestimated

by the Government.

Working as one team

We rely on public donations to continue

with all of this vital work and more.

We rely too on the day to day help that

our dedicated team of Volunteers and

fundraisers provide. Together we are one

team all working towards a common goal,

which is to ensure that now and in the

future our Veterans are able to access

the best possible and most appropriate

support for their needs. Our objective,

quite simply, is to help every wounded,

injured and sick Veteran who needs our

help to lead a useful, fulfilled and

productive life.

I would like to take this opportunity

to thank each and every one of our

supporters for their commitment to our

cause. There is still much work to be done,

but together we are a force for good,

working hard every day to give back to

the heroes who have done so much for us.

Michael Lake CBE

Chairman, Help for Heroes








(1) Figures taken fromMinistry of Defence,

Annual Medical Discharges in the UK Regular

Armed Forces, published July 2018. Between

2013/14 and 2017/18 there was a significant

increase in the proportion of medical

discharges with a cause of Mental and

Behavioural Disorders in the Naval Service

and Army.