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  • On the set of Scars

    Simon Brown
    12 August 2020

    Simon Brown was shot in the face by a sniper in 2006 while on a mission to rescue six people in Iraq. The REME soldier was blinded in one eye and left with just 20 per cent vision in the other. Simon, now 41, from Leeds, was also severely scarred in the incident. Earlier this year, he took part in the film Scars: How Our Wounds Make Us Who We Are. He and one of the film’s co-directors, Laura Dodsworth, discuss the documentary and what it says about the physical and psychological impact of scars. Watch the film in full 

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  • Blesma Member makes history on Matterhorn Summit

    Neil at Summit
    11 August 2020

    An Army veteran has become the first double above the knee amputee to summit the Matterhorn. Neil Heritage, 39, from Dorset, reached the 4,478m (14,692ft) peak on Friday 7 August, on his third attempt to conquer one of the deadliest mountains in the world. His previous attempts in 2016 and 2018 were stopped by bad weather, and in 2017, Neil had to abandon their attempt before climbing even started as weather and two metres of snow thwarted any possibility of a safe climb. “It was pretty amazing reaching the summit. Obviously, I have had a couple of g

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  • "It's just built in me to help others" Says Victor

    8 August 2020

    An injured veteran is helping Devon and Cornwall residents during COVID-19 lockdown by delivering emergency food supplies. Victor Boumonte and his Frontline Veterans Support team are working alongside Devon and Cornwall Food Action, a charity that supplies food in emergency situations, to deliver essential supplies to those in need. “We’ve supported thousands of people so far,” said former soldier Victor, who served with the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment for seven years. “People are often in tears when we turn up and are always so thankful for the help. We’ve had th

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  • Coronavirus information for Blesma Members

    Blesma logo
    7 August 2020

    The outbreak of Coronavirus/COVID-19 in the UK, and globally is deeply concerning. As the pandemic develops Blesma is taking daily account of the situation and the governmental measures relating to it.  Our absolute first concern is to the health and wellbeing of our Members and staff and we are continually reviewing how we deliver our services to ensure this is the case. INFORMATION FOR OUR MEMBERS Please know that Blesma will continue to support its Members in all the ways it can. Ours is an Association founded

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