Once, We Were Soldiers is registered as a charity with The Charity Commission of England & Wales.
Registered Charity Number 1158318
Our purpose is to raise awareness and offer support to homeless veterans of the British Armed Forces around the UK, veterans that have fallen upon hard times and those that find it difficult to adjust to civilian life.
Did you know that at least 10% of the UK homeless population is made up of ex-forces personnel?
This number is only likely to rise as more and more serving members are forced to leave their Armed Forces career because of redundancy, government cut backs or for medical reasons.
The number of military personnel now suffering with PTSD or other mental health conditions are rising rapidly. As our troops come out of Afghanistan these numbers are only likely to increase.
Many, in fact too many, of these veterans find themselves homeless, with no hope, no support and through no fault of their own. They turn to alcohol or drugs or both to help them through each day, to block out the horrors they have persistent flashbacks of.
It is estimated that in London alone there are in excess of 1000 homeless veterans!
Once, We Were Soldiers support veterans from ALL Forces Army, Navy and Air Force.
Once, We Were Soldiers support veterans who have served during ALL conflicts.