Life after physical injury in the Armed Forces

Physical injury, whether through operations or training, can not only end a person’s career but can also be life-changing and life-limiting. There are various ways in which an individual can be supported in order to make the most of the opportunities available to them.

Compensation schemes

Prosthetics

Disabled facilities grants

  • Disabled facilities grants are available via your local housing authorities to fund adaptations to a disabled person’s home which enables them to live independently and comfortably.

Other sources of support

  • BLESMA The Limbless Veterans is dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight.
  • Fry Housing Trust has an ex-Armed Forces supported accommodation scheme in Birmingham with 12-bed spaces, some of which are on the ground floor to address disability and mobility issues.
  • Blind Veterans UK provides vision-impaired Armed Forces and National Service veterans with the person-centred services and tailored support they need to discover life beyond sight loss.
  • The RAF Benevolent Fund also has a Housing Trust, which provides 230 specialist houses to seriously injured, wounded and sick service personnel who have a medical discharge, where alternative housing provision cannot be sourced.
  • Royal British Legion Industries has a range of accommodation including Veterans housing.
  • Help for Heroes Band of Brothers network offers lifelong access to all the financial and welfare support from Help for Heroes as well as providing opportunities to meet others who are living through similar experiences.
  • Help for Heroes Band of Sisters is available to the loved ones of Veterans and Service Personnel who have suffered a permanently life-limiting or career-ending injury or illness during or attributable to service.
  • The Not Forgotten is a small, unique and highly personalised tri-service charity whose role is to provide entertainment and recreation for the benefit of the serving wounded, injured or sick and for veterans who suffer from a disability or illness.
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