PTSD and Veterans Spouses
A good friend of mine Mr Kev Spruce is a top military psychologist and member and friend of the VAUK is conducting a research project regarding spouses of veterans with PTSD, if any one is interested in taking part in this great project can contact Kev by clicking on this link file:///C:/Users/Liz%20Jones/Downloads/PhDRecruitmentPoster%20(1).pdf and contacting Kev direct.
This research helps veterans families cope with PTSD.
Mitchell Bertram Memorial
The Memorial to Mitchell Bertram at the NAM.
The Veterans Association Uk 24 / 7 Hour PTSD Hotline.
THIS IS THE ONLY 24 HOUR MANNED VETERANS PTSD HOTLINE
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VAUK are an organisation run mostly by a nationwide network of volunteers, which span the country from Cornwall to the far north of Scotland! Our services are free to access and all our coordinators are trained.
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The Veteran's Association was created from a single Facebook page, set up by Tony (Hannable) Hayes in 2011, in response to a TV programme discussing the plight of homeless veterans. That page grew rapidly as more and more people became outraged by the apparent lack of care by Government and support associations for these people whom daily risked life and limb to protect our freedoms and our way of life. There has not been one single year in living memory in which British Forces were not involved in conflict: the continuing loss of life and the disabilities suffered and discrimination afforded to these heroes was, and is, appalling. To find out more about the conflicts we have been involved with click here
We at VAUK strive to re-balance the scales, by acting on behalf of men and women who are terribly let down by other organisations, with our vow that we will not turn away, nor judge, nor discriminate against any veteran or serving person who genuinely needs our help.
Evaluation of the clinical accuracy of clinical information by Dr Therese Andre.
Dr Therese Andre is the senior clinical Lead (Mental Health), Therese is a Doctor of Neuropsychology having trained for many years in Chicago, she worked with Canadian and U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Therese currently works in the NHS as a Neuropsychologist but was amazed at the lack of medical knowledge of Complex Multiple Trauma Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) within the NHS in the UK.
The information given to our caseworkers / SRC's during the course is totally correct and proper.
Elderly Female Veteran in Huddersfield needed help.
The VAUK was contacted by the grandson of an elderly female veteran called Kathleen, She was ex RAF from WW2 who served in RAF Hemswell in Lincolnshire with Bomber Command. In her latter years Kathleen became quite badly disabled and request a bathroom renovation to her garage for ease of use.
The VAUK obtained the renovation for Kathleen making life much better for her.
Letter from Melanie from Scotland, A former Mental Health Nurse
Melanie contacted the VAUK Hotline recently desperate for help for her PTSD.
Melanie, a former mental health nurse in the NHS for years suffers with Complex Multi Trauma PTSD and has been unable to access any decent help for her illness through the normal routes, she even paid for a private Psychologist who had no idea and PTSD Issues, she contacted our hotline and spoke to Tony Hayes a VAUK Counsellor for an hour and half.
Jasmine aged 14, in need of help for her PTSD.
This is the story of a lovely young lady called Jasmine aged 14 , Jasmine suffers with PTSD and her mum and dad have found it hard to get the treatment Jas needs they went the CAMHS and private clinicians to help their daughter but nothing worked.
Jasmines mum contacted the VAUK through the Hotline resulting in the family attending a meeting in the VAUK Centre with Tony Hayes, Jasmine, mum and dad spent a few hours with Tony who offered counselling to Jasmine and then referred her to a Specialist psychotherapist.
VAUK Accrington Office.
The VAUK Accrington office saw a homeless veteran recently, the guy has massive PTSD Issues and just gone through a relationship breakdown, alcohol issues due to his military experience, we now have him into treatment for his PTSD and re housed him. Happy days.
VAUK Centre in Burnley,
a multi office complex and Spiritual home of the VAUK.
Some VAUK Statistics to date :
Veterans re housed, 101:
Veterans into mental health treatment, 233:
Veterans, Elderly Disabled Stair lifts, Wet Rooms installed, 5:
Veterans War Pensions successfully obtained through VAUK, 48: