Veterans to return to World War Two scene of Arctic Convoys

Three veterans in their nineties will travel to Wester Ross today to attend a special annual ceremony on Sunday to commemorate the Russian Arctic Convoys of the Second World War; an event that claimed 3,000 lives.

The trio, who are making the trip thanks to the Unforgotten Forces project which supports older veterans and their families in Scotland, have become close friends and will also enjoy a three-night stay at a hotel in Gairloch as part of a new “Break Away” service.

Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, which brought the Western Allies together to provide essential support and supplies to the Soviet forces.

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DMWS proud winner of the Soldiering On Award 2018

In recognition of the charity’s commitment to support the Armed Forces community in the UK and abroad, the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) has been awarded this year’s Soldiering on Award in the International Award category.

DMWS is rich in international history. Dedicated welfare officers have deployed to every major conflict since WW2 including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and The Falklands to name but a few, working alongside our medical staff in the Field Hospitals. To this day, the Charity supports injured and ill service personnel, veterans, their family members, colleagues and medical personnel through extremely difficult times with the aim to improve the wellbeing of those affected by a physical or mental illness.

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Former Lieutenant Commander speaks passionately about DMWS support

Dr Matthew Kiernan, a former Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander, is passionate about helping ex-servicemen and women. He was medically retired on health grounds and is now an Associate Professor Mental Health and Veterans Studies, and leads the Northern Hub for Military Veterans and Families’ Research at Northumbria University in Newcastle. In his current role he is developing a Map of Need and an app that will make it easier for veterans to find information about the health and social care services available to them. Paul Gaffney, CEO of the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) met with Matthew at the charity’s headquarter yesterday, to discuss current veteran and military family research projects.

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DMWS meet MPs at Westminster

The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) was delighted to meet MPs, Councillors and representatives from charitable organisations at Portcullis House on Tuesday, 20 March 2018. The lunch reception gave the charity the opportunity to highlight the positive impact DMWS has on the well-being of fronline staff and their families during times of ill health, as well as talk about the charity’s vision of the future. Host of the event was Mrs Anne-Marie Tervelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, who is passionate about the welfare of veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces and a key advocate of the Charity’s work.

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High Sheriff’s award for Police Medical Welfare Service

The High Sheriff of Hampshire, Mary Montagu-Scott, has honoured the members of the Police Medical Welfare Service with a High Sheriff Award in recognition of providing a unique welfare service to Hampshire Constabulary.

About 100 guests attended the High Sheriff of Hampshire Award Ceremony at the Great Hall in Winchester on Wednesday 14th March 2018. 16 individuals and organisations were presented with an award certificate by the High Sheriff of Hampshire Mrs Mary Montagu-Scott for going beyond the ‘call of duty’.

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Unforgotten Forces working together successfully to support veterans

When 65 year old veteran Ken lost his eyesight temporarily, he and his wife Gina found help from several organisations, including the Defence Medical Welfare Service, within the Unforgotten Forces Project.

Ken served in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers for 4.5 years before he left the service in 1977. After his army career Ken and his wife Gina successfully ran their own pub. Unfortunately, in 2008 Gina had an accident and developed Myelopathy, a degenerative neurological condition related to the spinal cord, which leaves her in a lot of pain.

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International Woman’s day: Meeting the specific needs of female soldiers, veterans and spouses

On International Woman’s day we celebrate the cultural, political, social and economic achievements of women. Women have played a pivotal role within the Armed Forces. Military spouses (a majority of whom are women) are supporting the serving partner, not only by providing emotional support, but also practical and financial help, especially during times of deployment.

During the First and Second World Wars, women looked after the wounded or were called up for war work, in roles such as mechanics, engineers and drivers, whilst fighting the daily battle of running the household alone. In recent years women were integrated into the rest of the army.

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MHFA England interviews DMWS Training

Mark Perryman, Training Manager for DMWS Training has recently been interviewed by Mental Health First Aid England on his path from being a member of the Armed Forces, to becoming a Welfare Officer at DMWS and for the last 3 years delivering DMWS Training, including MHFA courses to internal staff and external organisations. He said: “When we deliver MHFA we try to bust myths – like ‘everyone who serves leaves with a mental illness’, or ‘there’s no support for mental health in the military’.”

As the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) celebrates its 75th year of supporting the Armed Forces community, the charity continues to innovate the welfare profession.

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Young and old veterans benefit from Healthcare Navigator

DMWS Healthcare Navigator Sheila works closely with NHS GPs to better support the health and social care needs of the Armed Forces community in Birmingham. She helps veterans/service leavers, reservists and their families with issues affecting their physical or mental wellbeing. This can range from housing problems to feeling socially isolated. Her holistic approach and confidential support has helped this community to deal with issues faced after service life.

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Defence Medical Welfare Service enters 2018 as a finalist in three prestigious awards

DMWS is delighted to announce that the charity has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2018 Soldiering On Awards in two categories, and The Charity Film Awards.

The Soldiering On Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of those who have served their country, and the diverse people and groups who work together in support of the Armed Forces Community. Soldiering On Awards President and Vice President and co-Chairs of Judges, General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL and Debra Allcock-Tyler, led a distinguished panel of judges to assess the entrants in each award category.

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