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Press Releases 26 March 2020

New Chief Executive of Blesma, The Limbless Veterans

Jon Bryant OBE has been appointed the new Chief Executive of military charity Blesma, The limbless Veterans.

Jon this week joins the leading charity for severely injured Armed Forces personnel and veterans from his role as the Corps Colonel of the Army Air Corps, where he has delivered a wide range of support to serving personnel and veterans. 

Jon will succeed Ian Waller who has been acting as the Chief Executive since September.  

 In commenting on his appointment Jon Bryant said:

“It is a huge privilege and honour to be joining Blesma.  Although most of our staff are currently working from home, they are fully engaged in contacting our members, assessing needs, prioritising activity and assessing the financial implications of the ongoing Covid19 crisis.  I am extremely grateful to Ian Waller for all the work he has done as the Ops Director and interim Chief Executive over the last 6 months.

 Jon joined the team on Monday 23rd March 2020.


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About Blesma, The Limbless Veterans

Blesma, The Limbless Veterans was formed in the years following the First World War and became a national charity in 1932.  Blesma is dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered limb loss or the loss of use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight. We support these men and women and their families in their communities throughout the UK and overseas.

Since 1932, we have been the only national Service charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives; just as we are still caring for our surviving World War II veterans, we also look after those who have survived complex trauma injuries through recent conflicts, accidents or illness, and will need our specialised support as they face the long journey ahead. Blesma aims to ensure that all serving or ex-service men and women who have lost sight, limbs or the use of limbs can lead independent and fulfilling lives and will not be failed, forgotten or left behind.

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For further information on Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, contact

Jessica Mackinnon, In-house journalist


T: 020 8590 1124