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RAF Association launches search for 100th Flying Scholar

The RAF Association is opening its Flying Scholarship awards for the eighteenth year to grant six exceptional young people the chance to fly.

So far, 99 air cadets have benefited from the programme, with the 100th cadet due to be among the 2018 finalists. The best of the 2018 applicants will be rewarded with a course of 35 hours flight training in a light aircraft. Five ‘runners-up’ will receive 12 hours training each. The Flying Scholarship programme runs annually as a thank you from the RAF Association to members of the RAF Air Cadets for their continuous support of the charity’s fundraising.

All of the 2017 winners achieved solo flights by the end of their week of training.

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Helping Ian to get out and about

The RAF Association supports members of the RAF family in many different ways. When Ian felt like he was losing his independence, he reached out to the RAF Association.

Ian joined the RAF in 1958, working as a teleprinter operator, sending signals from station to station. During his time in the RAF, Ian served at many UK bases, including Brize Norton,

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Research shows clear public concern over UK veterans’ care

New research from the Royal Air Forces Association shows that less than one in five (19%) adults think UK military veterans are well looked after.[1]

This figure does fluctuate across different age groups, but remains worryingly low throughout – it is lowest (9%) among respondents aged 65+, while people aged 25-34 had most confidence (32%) that veterans are well looked after.

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Celebrities join RAF hero to back national fundraising campaign

RAF hero Stuart Robinson has helped launch the RAF Benevolent Fund’s national fundraiser, the Great British Sunday Lunch. The former RAF Gunner suffered life-changing injuries in 2013 when his vehicle hit an IED in Afghanistan, resulting in the loss of both his legs. He was joined at his home in Morecambe, Lancs, by the Midland Hotel’s head chef, Michael Wilson who helped him sharpen up his culinary skills and prepare a mouth-watering dish.

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Coombeshead Academy pupil wins national competition for Red, White & Blue Day

Evie Manning’s WW1 inspired postcard takes top prize for Charity competition

A pupil from Coombeshead Academy in Newton Abbot, Evie Manning aged 12, has won a national competition to design World War One inspired conscription postcards imaging what life would be like for soldiers in the war.

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Service to Civvy – are you pension ready?

MOD’s Veterans UK organisation, part of Defence Business Services (DBS), has launched a campaign to encourage Service Personnel, Veterans and their families to get ‘Pension Ready’.

The campaign aims to promote the Armed Forces Pension Schemes, which are administered by Veterans UK, and motivate the Armed Forces Community to start thinking about their Pension throughout their Service career and not just as they are reaching the end of it.

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Free Government funded counselling service for National Servicemen and aged veterans

Some of your beneficiaries or residents may be experiencing depression, loneliness, anxiety or even bereavement and could well benefit from a free structured on-site counselling service.

The counselling is entirely government funded, the only qualification is that your resident
was a National Serviceman. Most men over the age of 66 did serve their country in this way and are therefore eligible. They also extend our counselling service to men and women born before the 1st January 1950 who served in UK armed forces.

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