Funds Made Available For Veterans With Mental Health Illnesses

Veterans’ minister Derek Twigg has announced that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to put up a substantial amount of money to provide funds for mental health care for former combatents.

Handing over a cheque for £100,000 at the headquarters of the Combat Stress organisation, Mr Twigg told member of the Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society in Leatherhead that he was “committed to meeting the needs of veterans suffering from mental health problems as a result of their service”.

“Each and every one has made an important contribution to UK’s defence and for that we owe them an enormous debt of gratitude,” he continued. Mr Twigg concluded by saying that he was delighted to be able to support Combat Stress’ excellent work and that the extra cash would go towards refurbishing its treatment centre, which treats and rehabilitates veterans from conflicts between World War II and Iraq.

Toby Elliott, chief executive of Combat Stress, said: “The society is hugely proud of the men and women that it looks after; they deserve all the help they can be given. We are also hugely proud of our excellent relationship with health professionals and others at the MoD. This is a very significant contribution to the Hollybush House Project and will greatly help the society’s work.”