On April 23rd 2011, Support Our Services was held in the city of Manchester and was dedicated to showing support to British military veterans, in overcoming mental health disabilities, which can effect them as a result of their services career. The pictures below are just some of the friends who joined us on St. George's Day, to show their support.
The purpose of the day was to show solidarity with Combat Stress - the Veterans Mental Health Society, who for over 90 years has delivered dedicated treatment and support to Ex-Service men and women, who are living with conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety disorders. The services provided by Combat Stress are given free of charge to the veteran and their family.
In an act of solidarity, at Support Our Services a collection was also made for St Dunstan’s, who for almost a century, have been giving invaluable physical and emotional support to blind and visually impaired ex-Service men and women. With the help of the unique expertise, experience and the comprehensive range of services provided by this charity, St Dunstan’s enable British veterans, who are effected with blindness, to lead both independent and fulfilling lives.
Please watch this interview with Ray Hazan, the President of St Dunstan's. 63 year old Ray Hazan learned of St Dunstan's - the organisation providing an independent future for blind ex-Service men and women - after being blinded in 1973 by an IRA parcel bomb in Northern Ireland. His colleague was killed by the blast in which Ray also suffered severe hearing loss and lost his right hand. He is now one of the longest serving members of St Dunstan's staff, having been made President in 2004