AN URGENT appeal has been issued to help Yorkshire’s lonely veterans transition into civilian life.
Research by Armed Forced charity SSAFA found that 41 per cent of veterans aged 25 to 45 have felt lonely, isolated, or suicidal since leaving the forces - with one in five stating that they would feel less lonely if they had a stronger support group.
The charity’s branches in East, North and South Yorkshire have issued urgent appeals for local residents to join its network of volunteers and provide support for the Armed Forces community.
It said the transition back to civilian life after leaving the military can be difficult for some veterans, as their employment, living arrangements, financial stability, and personal lifestyles all change at once as they leave behind their usual support networks.
SSAFA volunteer caseworkers provide support to veterans and their families who are in need.
Head of Volunteering at SSAFA, Christine Cribb said: “Our research has highlighted just how many veterans are feeling lonely and isolated during that pivotal transition to civilian life. After all they have given us, we feel it is our duty to make sure that every veteran receives the help and support they need during this time.”
If you are able to help, visit www.ssafa.org.uk/newrecruits or call 0800 032 5612.