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  • Pensions for life for surviving spouses and civil partners

    Laying a wreath
    10 November 2014

    Widows, widowers and surviving civil partners of all members of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme will now retain their pensions for life.  From 1 April 2015 all survivors’ pensions awarded to armed forces spouses and civil partners will be for life. Those already in receipt of a survivor’s pension will be entitled to keep their pension for life if they decide to remarry, cohabit or form a civil partnership after this date. Previously, some may have had to surrender their pensions upon such changes in their circumstances. The decision highlights the government’s commitment to

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  • Defence Committee calls for more resources to support mental health

    Defence Committee calls for more resources to support mental health
    3 November 2014

    The House of Commons Defence Committee has recommended more resources should be devoted to address mental health issues in the military. In 2011, the Committee found that the MOD provided first class medical treatment and rehabilitation for wounded and injured personnel. But the Committee raised concerns about the longer term support for those who devolped severe and life limiting, physical, mental health and neurological problems in later life. Armed Forces personnel as a whole suffer similar rates of mental health problems to the general population. But those deployed in combat ro

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  • Great Dunmow Round Table

    Dunmow Round Table
    10 October 2014

    The group set out to raise £40,000 for Blesma by cycling 165 miles from Great Dunmow, Essex to Ypres. They embarked on their challenge from Great Dunmow safe in the knowledge that they had hit their target but are now astounded to know their efforts have secured £53,000.

    Chairman Mike Dalton added: “Setting off knowing we had hit our £40,000 target was fantastic. The fact we have now raised £53,000 is outstanding. The effort everybody put in and the generosity of the people who donated was just incredible.”

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  • Blesma Members win Pride of Britain Award for inspirational performance at the Invictus Games

    Invictus Games
    7 October 2014

    The British Invictus team will be recognised at the Pride of Britain Awards 2014, for inspiring people to better themselves, no matter what. Across five days this summer, former and current members of our armed forces came together in London for a sporting event like no other. Championed by Prince Harry, the Games captured the imagination of the country as more than 400 competitors from 13 nations demonstrated their incredible determination and strength. Using the power of sport, the Games

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