The military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq are all very fresh in our minds today as they are still on-going and there are regular reports about the sacrifices that out troops are making daily in the service of our country. However, when British forces withdraw from Afghanistan and other operational theatres, there will be a very strong chance that our countries thoughts will turn to something else. Sadly our soldiers, sailors and airmen and women will be left with the true cost of having served their country and they will require the on-going support and help from all our local communities. This is where Transformation for Veterans is looking to the future and identifying what type and amount of support will be required so that we can continue to stand by our service personnel in the many years to come. Transformation for Veterans will make a difference to very many people in the future when the calls to action have all faded. I highly recommend the work, vision and forethought of Transformation for Veterans.
Brigadier (ret’d) J A J Thomson OBE QVRM TD DL
I am delighted to support the inspirational work of Transformation for Veterans. The respite homes and other superb facilities which it plans to provide in the heart of the Cheshire countryside will bring care, respite and pleasure to many families who have suffered due to the service which they have given to the country. We all have a responsibility to support injured veterans – it is thanks to them that we continue to have the freedoms which we enjoy today.
David Briggs MBE KStJ (Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire)
I think Transformation for Veterans is a great idea. As an ex-squaddie, who had an injury whilst serving, I missed the camaraderie, the banter, the friendship and the sense of humour. Had there been a service like T4V back then, it would have been extremely helpful to me. The idea of being with guys who all have the same background and know what you have been through is great. The chance of making more friends for life would have been great. And to share the knowledge on how to cope day to day whatever their injury would be invaluable. The hardest thing to adapt to after an injury is the sense of loneliness and loss of identity. So to be able to get away from it all to train, relax and empower myself would be fantastic. So for me, T4V is long overdue and I, for one, would jump at the chance to go there, and I look forward to it being built ASAP.
Martin (Beachy) Ball (Veteran Sapper – Corps of Royal Engineers)