Why does the Veterans' Foundation support SSAFA?

SSAFA (Soldiers', Sailors', and Airmen's Families Association) offers lifelong support to any man or woman that serves with the British Armed Forces. From mental health, physical injury and addiction to homelessness and financial problems, SSAFA gives a crucial lifeline to veterans who are in drastic need of help.

The charity has been focused on giving direct support to British Armed Forces veterans in need for over 130 years. Founded in 1885, SSAFA is the UK’s oldest national armed forces charity. The charity’s patron is Queen Elizabeth and the president is Prince Michael of Kent. 

SSAFA understands that leaving the armed forces and adjusting to civilian life is incredibly hard for most of UK veterans. Through years of experience SSAFA has been assisting veterans make the transition to civvy street, they can offer service leavers comprehensive guidance and support when they need it. SSAFA works alongside other military charities and specialist organisations to get the best help possible.

With some situations and injuries afflicting veterans, families also suffer along with their loved ones. SSAFA don’t just support veterans during these times but their families also. Even when successfully treated, SSAFA remains a lifeline should veterans require one. Often, veterans who need help have a complex system of problems that require experts to help them untangle. One specific service that SSAFA runs is called Forcesline – a free confidential telephone helpline, email service and live chat available to dispense non-judgemental advice. This is just one of many fantastic services run by SSAFA.

SSAFA is not located in just one area. Their services can be accessed from every county in the UK and in 11 other countries, the centres can usually be found near military bases. This means that veterans have support available to them no matter where they end up after time in service. 

How you can support the Veterans' Foundation

The Veterans’ Foundation has provided grants to hundreds of UK-based military charities and organisations since its inception in 2016. It is dedicated to distributing funding to where it is most effective and millions of pounds have been given to projects that have a positive impact on British veterans, and their dependents, in need.

If you’d like to become of a supporter of the Veterans’ Foundation you can do so by making a donation, by fundraising, by leaving something to Veterans' Foundation in your will or by joining the Veterans’ Lottery. Thank you.