Military veterans are struggling to adapt to civilian life, a charity has warned, as former service personnel criticised the Ministry of Defence’s “tick-box” support. Many working-age service leavers feel “undervalued by society and misunderstood by civilians” with the resettlement process failing to address their lost sense of belonging, the study by Ssafa, the Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen’s Families Association, found.. The charity surveyed over 1,100 former service personnel between the ages of 18 and 49, for a new report titled The Nation’s Duty: Challenging society’s disservice to a new generation of veterans. Over three quarters of those polled (77 per cent) – all of whom had sought help from the charity – said they felt they were not fully prepared for civilian life with 19 per cent saying the resettlement package failed to provide them with suitable skills or qualifications to find a job. Sir Andrew Gregory, SSAFA’s Chief Executive, said: “Support for the Armed Forces means more than just supporting them during active duty, it means creating a welcoming environment for them to re-enter when their time is served.” “The absolute majority of people who served in the Armed Forces return to fulfilling lives enriched by the experience. We are not all heroes and we are not all broken by service,” he said in his valedictory speech earlier this month.Gemma Morgan, an army veteran, told the Telegraph: “The military puts huge effort into creating a separate society, a separate fighting force, for good operational reasons,” she added, “but sometimes the real world can be more complicated and there is often a reverse culture-shock and loss of that sense of belonging once someone leaves”.She blames the “tick-box exercise” of resettlement for not properly allowing veterans to create a new sense of purpose after their service. Instead of just writing CVs, those leaving military service “need the space to decompress away from the team to ask ‘who the hell am I?’” says Ms Morgan. “If you still see yourself as a soldier after you’ve left, you’ll never transition.”“The infrastructure is there so it’s just the content that needs to change. This can be a quick win and we need to start doing it properly for the sake of the veterans.”Speaking exclusively to the Telegraph, Mark McDonald, a veteran of 23 years service, revealed how he needed help transitioning back into civilian life having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005. “Once you leave the gates you’re on your own unless you ask for help,” he said, “and pride can be a problem sometimes.” Sir Stuart Peach has said wider society has too simplistic a view of those that had served their country.Credit:Mark Rawlings/PA The infrastructure is there so it’s just the content that needs to changeArmy veteran Gemma Morgan The report comes in the wake of comments by the outgoing Chief of the Defence Staff, Sir Stuart Peach, who said wider society has too simplistic a view of those that had served their country. “My pride got in the way of me asking for a mobility scooter, but my wife talked me into it. Now I can do the shopping or go with my son to watch his football matches.”He was shocked and angry to be told that as a former soldier his local authority wanted to do extra checks as part of his application to foster his son, in case he had been “institutionalised”.“Did they think I’d have my child marching up and down outside the house?” he asked. “Would they do this with a former policeman or ambulance driver?”Ssafa helped Mr McDonald with his financial planning after being medically discharged in 2013. He feels service leavers should receive such help as standard on resettlement courses.“In the military all your bills for food, accommodation and tax come out of your pay before you get it. It sounds basic but if you don’t know how to organise yourself with money you can easily end up thousands of pounds in debt.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Several persons are now in custody in connection with the murder of Corentyne phone card dealer; Danian Jagdeo, who was robbed and shot yesterday afternoon.Danian Jagdeo and his wife in happier timesAccording to reports, ranks acting on information, recovered the alleged murder weapon along with two rounds of ammunition, and a bag containing cell phone cards which was stolen from the victim. In addition, police have reportedly impounded the motor cycle used to assist in the perpetrators’ getaway.INews was also informed that a post mortem examination conducted today has concluded that the man’s cause of death was due to shock and hemorrhaging resulting from the shooting.According to reports, Jagdeo, also known as Famoso of lot 12 Section G, King’s Street, Williamsburgh, Corentyne was shot twice at Adventure, Corentyne, yesterday afternoon.Jagdeo was reportedly rounding up his days’ delivery of phone cards, and stopped at a snackette to chat with his friend-the business owner when he was approached by a lone man disguised as a customer. However, as Jagdeo inquired whether his friend knew the “customer”, the stranger pulled out a gun and aimed at him [Jagdeo].The owner of the business allegedly hid under the counter of the shop, and several gunshots were heard, after which the bandit fled with Jagdeo’s bag, leaving his motorcycle behind.The injured man subsequently died. It was later discovered that the motorcycle was stolen from a Belvedere man on February 2, 2017.Jagdeo leaves to mourn his wife and four children. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related5 arraigned for murder of Berbice phone card distributorFebruary 16, 2017In “Court”“Justice served” – mother of brothers killed during robberyMay 21, 2019In “Crime”Berbice Robbery/Murder: Gunmen escaped with over half million in cash, six arrestedOctober 8, 2013In “Crime”
MORE THAN A quarter of Irish people are harmed by others using alcohol in multiple areas of their lives according to a new report.The HSE has found that, in five separate indicators they researched, 28 per cent of people were negatively affected by alcohol in more than one of these indicators.The report, “Alcohol’s harm to others in Ireland”, found that:13.8 per cent of people have experience family problems.10.3 per cent have been a passenger with a drunk driver.8.7 per cent have been the victim of a physical assault.4.5 per cent reported money problems.9.1 per cent had their property vandalised.Gender differences show that more men have been assaulted by others under the influence of alcohol while more women reported family and money problems.“The harm experienced by people due to their own drinking is only part of the story of alcohol-related problems in Ireland,” according to Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland.Harms to others from alcohol can range from minor to serious harms, which may be due to a one-off incident or recurring incidents. In particular, it’s a major driver of crime, including assaults and public order offences, and is one of the primary causes of child welfare and protection issues in Ireland.The report argues that although not often publically visible, alcohol’s harm to others within the family can have very serious consequences for the safety and well-being of family members, with children being the most vulnerable.“For a child, harmful parental drinking can shape their every moment from the time they wake up to the time they go to bed,” said Costello.“Issues can include a lack of adequate meals and clean clothes to – at the more serious end of the spectrum – children being physically hurt, emotionally abused or exposed to domestic abuse.”WorkplaceThe report goes beyond the home and finds that workplace safety, work strain and employee morale can be affected by alcohol.This can include “availability of alcohol at work, social networks’ use of alcohol and perceived social network approval of using alcohol around work”.The report argues that “problem alcohol use can no longer be framed exclusively in the realm of personal responsibility.” Rather, Government policy must take precident.Something Costello endorses this approach:We need to regulate the three key areas of alcohol pricing, marketing and availability, and to replace the existing systems of alcohol industry self-regulation, which have proven to be wholly ineffective with regard to public health.Read the report in full here >Read: Dublin off licences urged not to sell booze before 4pm on Paddy’s Day >Read: Cross-party TDs at least agree on one thing, the need to tackle alcohol abuse >