Hannah Campbell was a Corporal in the British Army and during her first tour in Iraq in 2007, the building she was guarding at Camp Charlie, Basra, came under mortar attack.
Her injuries were life changing. Buried under rubble, she attempted claw her way to safety before being dug out by fellow soldiers. Her hearing and eyesight were both significantly impaired, an injury to her brain left her semi conscious, and during that fight for survival, she suffered a cardiac arrest.
After being flown back to Britain, the mother of two began her rehabilitation. Following countless operations piecing her shattered body together, she eventually made the decision to have her leg amputated.
Hannah has decided to use her experiences to support the Veterans' Foundation and urge people to play the Veterans' Lottery in the knowledge that it will change lives, and save lives.
"I understand how important it is that our veterans aren't forgotten. I know former soldiers who have been isolated and ended up homeless and sleeping in their cars. So many veterans need support and advice to cope with life after service. This support might last a lifetime and by playing the lottery it directly funds a whole range of projects from homelessness, poverty and PTSD through to training for a new career."
Jon White was a Captain in the Royal Marines whose life changed forever when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while on tour in Afghanistan in 2010.
He lost both legs above the knee and his right arm above the elbow at the age of 27.
Thanks to support from the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Marines Charity - an organisation that’s benefited from funding by the Veterans’ Foundation - Jon has received the treatment and support that’s enabled him to thrive since being injured while serving his country.
In 2015, The Royal Marines Charity and its partner charity Blesma – the Limbless Veterans Charity, commissioned Jon to write a report urging the Government to improve the treatment provided to trans-femoral (above knee) amputees.
As a result the Government agreed that discharged veterans can access MOD treatment facilities with NHS funding - a remarkable u-turn.
In 2016 this went a step further and Jon was able to persuade NHS England to pay for replacement X3 prosthetic legs for above knee amputees.
"Both myself, and many people like me, owe so much to charities like the Veterans' Foundation and that’s why I'm immensely proud to be an ambassador.
The lottery provides a long-term, sustainable source of funding for veterans living with physical and mental issues.
It also provides funding for projects that help homeless veterans into safe shelter and supports training to help ex-servicemen and women make the transition into civilian life."