Risk Factors Associated with Suicidal Ideation in a Sample of Veterans

Research Paper Title Risk factors of suicidal ideation in a population of UK military veterans seeking support for mental health difficulties. Background Little has been reported regarding the risk factors of suicidal ideation in individuals once they have left the military in the UK. The aim of this paper was to explore the risk factors… Read More

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American Civil War Veterans & Social Networks

Research Paper Title Persistent Social Networks: Civil War Veterans Who Fought Together Co-Locate in Later Life. Background The researchers demonstrate the long reach of early social ties in the location decision of individuals and in their older age mortality risk using data on Union Army veterans of the US Civil War (1861-5). Methods The researchers… Read More

Is Exposure to Severe or Prolonged Trauma Associated with Chronic Multi-symptom Illness?

Research Paper Title The symptomatology of psychological trauma in the aftermath of war (1945-1980): UK army veterans, civilians and emergency responders. Background UK veterans suffering from a psychological or psychiatric illness as a consequence of service in the Second World War were entitled to a war pension. Their case files, which include regular medical assessments,… Read More

New Veterans ID Cards Rolled Out to Service Leavers

A new identification (ID) card for UK armed forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services, has started to be issued to service leavers. From 18 February 2019, any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards, which will allow them… Read More

What is Project Semaphore?

What is the Purpose of Project Semaphore? The purpose of project semaphore is to address the issue of digital isolation in older Veterans, which exacerbates loneliness and poverty. It is a Project to provide friendship, support and practical help, with the outcome of better spiritual and mental health. Who Manages Project Semaphore? Project Semaphore is a Royal… Read More

Military Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

Research Paper Title Offending behaviour, health and wellbeing of military veterans in the criminal justice system. Background A small but significant proportion of military veterans become involved in the criminal justice system (CJS) after leaving service. Liaison and Diversion (L&D) services aim to identify vulnerable offenders in order to provide them with the health/welfare support… Read More

What is the Economic Cost of Overlooking Ex-Military Personnel & their Skills?

New research has revealed that the UK economy could suffer losses of up to £1.5 billion in the next five years if service leavers are unable to find employment, or are under employed upon leaving the Armed Forces. The research calculates the direct and indirect contribution of the up to 85,000 personnel that are estimated… Read More