RAF Veterans Aided By New Advocacy Service

The RAF Benevolent Fund has launched a new advice and advocacy service to help veterans navigate the maze of welfare benefits and NHS and local council services

The new service aims to identify the benefits and care services to which a veteran, his or her partner, and dependent family members are entitled and, if necessary, take up the case directly on their behalf.

Veteran RAF Regiment Gunner Malcolm “Geordie” Wallace said: “Mum’s health took a turn for the worse and taking care of her was my first priority. We left our jobs and home and moved from the Shetlands to Northumberland to be closer to her and our family. The RAF Benevolent Fund’s Advice and Advocacy Service really helped us land on our feet and made a difficult time so much easier.”

Paul Hughesdon, RAF Benevolent Fund Director of Welfare and Policy, said: “We know that younger veterans, such as those who served in Afghanistan, have very different needs from older veterans, who perhaps fought in World War Two or served in the RAF during their National Service years. Our new service is able to provide advice on the benefits and services available to each individual – from retraining and childcare assistance to funding for home adaptations and care home fees.”

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