Re Homeless Veterans Daily Express Campaign
The Daily Express Campaign started about two weeks ago http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/762456/British-military-veterans-armed-forces-covenant-army-navy-RAF-Homes-for-Heroes-campaign, and the response to the petition appears to be losing momentum, we NEED 100,000 signatures to force the issue into Parliament and to gain TV interest, The VAUK have been fighting the government to change the wording of the Housing Law, we fought for two years in 2010-2012 to get the changes,The Rt Hon Mark Prisk the then Housing Minister changed the wording letting local authorities and housing associations off the hook in re-housing homeless veterans and the guys leaving the military.
Please support us with guys, we currently only have just over 22,000 signatures and only have 11 days left to reach 100,00, please let this fizzle out to nothing, we need this to make local authorities comply in rehousing our veterans, please click on the link. thanks, Hannable Hayes. CEO VAUK.
The Petition Link: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/182429
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VAUK Going homeless
The VAUK and Daily Express are holding a campaign aimed at the government to change the wording to the Housing Law regarding veterans from Government strongly encouraged local authorities to follow our statuary Guidelines, these came in LAW on 30th November 2012. many housing associations and local authorities are jumping onto this wording and not rehousing our vets, we want the wording changed to MUST COMPLY, to help ensure they keep their word, this also applies to the Military Covenant where it states that '' No veterans or veterans family will be disadvantaged in any way upon leaving the Military ''.
We are also taking on the government regarding over the government's witch hunt of our Northern Ireland veterans for doing their job while the IRA gunmen run around with letters of admonishment of their deeds during the conflict, I am in the process of writing to the Prime Minister about this as the Northern Ireland Police service has many republican sympathisers as is the Attorney General of Northern Ireland John Larkin who is using the court in Armagh court to take our guys to trail, need I say more, so please support us and the Daily Express to get these changes through.
They are also raising funds for us for us also to help us keep operational as we have had no government funding unlike many other so-called military organisations who do little or nothing for our vets, WE have now re-housed 109 veterans, obtained mental health treatment for 339 veterans, obtained stair-lifts and bathroom conversions for 6 elderly disabled veterans and receive little or no help financially other than public donations.
2 members of the VAUK and Mike Hookem UKIP MEP are going to go homeless for three nights, in London, Birmingham and Manchester with a reporter from the Express embedded with them this will also be videotaped and a premier help at a cinema in London with various government ministers, shadow ministers and others invited to attend, we hope to get major changes. so please follow us and support us.
I would also like to take this opportunity to publically thank Mike Hookem and UKIP, the Daily Express for taking up this mantel with us.
Please follow our story in the Daily Express and support us, please write to your MP's regarding both the Housing and Northern Ireland veterans issues, as constituents complaining to local MP will put pressure on the MP to bring these subjects up in Parliament. Thanks H.
The Veterans Association Uk 24 / 7 Hour PTSD Hotline.
THIS IS THE ONLY 24 HOUR MANNED VETERANS PTSD HOTLINE
please do not ring our old number 01282 787172, it is no longer in use, please use the above number.
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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.
We are mostly self-funded and a good part of the money we need to keep our office running comes from membership fees. If you would like to support the VAUK by becoming a member the cost is only £12 pa and you can join by going over to the 'Membership' page: if you don't wish to become a member but would still like to donate then there's a button for that too :-)
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, 109:
Veterans into mental health treatment, 339:
Veterans, Elderly Disabled Stair lifts, Wet Rooms installed, 6:
Veterans War Pensions successfully obtained through VAUK, 57: