Monday, October 3, 2022

British Afghan veterans told they are ‘still our heroes’

Thousands of people and many celebrities have joined an online campaign to support the veterans of Afghanistan, the country they fought and descended into bloody chaos.

TV presenter and Army veteran Rao Wilding, and “Help for Heroes” patrons Ross Kemp, Lorraine Kelly, and Sun columnist Peta Cavendish are among those behind the #StillourHeroes hashtag on Twitter and Facebook, organized by the Force charity Help for Heroes. has been launched.

Former Veterans Minister Johnny Mercer has posted a #StillourHeroes video targeted directly at veterans, in which he says: “You stood up for what was good, when the nation called you to serve, you served, and you were unbelievable. I can be proud of your service.

“I’m incredibly proud of you. You can’t control it and be proud of your service and what we did in some of the toughest situations we fought the British Army.”

The Labor Campaign for International Development, affiliated with the Labor Party, wrote on Twitter: “Thanks to 20 years of progress in #Afghanistan – standards of living, girls’ education, gains in freedom, no longer persecuted especially for women and ethnic minorities going. It was not in vain, you are #StillourHeroes.”

Help for Heroes launched the campaign as Afghanistan’s withdrawal asked “Was it worth it?” And has prompted many veterans to question the value of their service.

The charity says its clinical staff are working with many veterans to handle traumatic memories, sights and sounds that are triggering traumatic experiences, affecting their feelings of self-worth, and directly affecting their mental health.

Thousands of people have now joined the campaign online, with many members of the public posting positive messages of support and appreciation for the veterans.

Carol Betteridge, head of clinical and medical services at Help for Heroes and herself a former Royal Navy captain who served in Afghanistan, said: “It is really unhelpful to ask veterans whether the time they spent in Afghanistan was wasted.

“We all need to recognize his service and the sacrifice he made. Each one of them has made a difference and we need to tell them how proud we are of them and their families, their bravery and their achievements.”

Support for Veterans is Available Here www.helpforheroes.org.uk

by Pat Hurst

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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