Combat Stress Trustee receives MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours

It was announced on Friday that Colonel Robert Ward, Trustee for Combat Stress, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours for voluntary services to the veteran community.

The Queen’s birthday honours list recognises the achievements and service of people across the UK. Colonel Robert Ward, a Trustee, supporter and former Honorary Treasurer for Combat Stress, the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans, was awarded an MBE for his commitment to veterans’ mental health.

Sue Freeth, Chief Executive of Combat Stress said;

“We would like to congratulate Colonel Robert Ward on receiving his MBE for his dedication to veterans’ mental health.

“As a Trustee of Combat Stress for the past 14 years, we are delighted that he has received recognition for the service he has given to veterans.”


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Notes to editors:

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans. Founded in 1919, our work is as vital today as it was after the First World War.

On average it takes 12 years after leaving the military for veterans to contact Combat Stress for help, by which time their condition is often highly complex. However veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts are coming to Combat Stress much sooner.

We treat conditions including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. To help veterans rebuild their lives, we provide a range of free services:

  • Short-stay clinical treatment at one of our treatment centres in Ayrshire, Shropshire and Surrey
  • A specialist PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme – run at our three treatment centres
  • Outpatients – assessment by psychiatrists and psychologists enables us to diagnose, define and deliver the treatment veterans require
  • Occupational therapy – using meaningful and creative activity to encourage hope, wellbeing and recovery
  • Community Teams – a UK-wide network of Community Teams providing treatment and practical support to veterans
  • Substance Misuse Case Management Service – helping veterans to access the services for their drug and alcohol problems so their mental health issues can be addressed
  • A 24-hour Helpline for veterans, serving personnel and families (0800 138 1619)

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