The scandal of homeless ex-service people is something that upsets Aardvark a lot, as regular readers of this blog will know, so it makes the blue anteater marginally happier, that yet another organsiation has sprung up to try and help with the problem UKHomes4heroes.com.
UK Homes 4 Heroes is a non-profit charity set up on the 23rd April 2010 to aid our ex service men & women, who have served this country and after leaving, find themselfs in a situation of being homeless for what ever reason, long council housing list’s and low banding
means that they could be classed homeless for a long period,
UK Homes 4 Heroes policy is to bridge the gap between being homeless and being housed. with short term accommodation that will be a clean safe environment , where they can start to re-build their lives and be treated to the respect that they deserve
Where they can start to re-build their lives and be treated to the respect that they deserve Too true and hat hip to the person who wrote that.
This is the story of Matt who served his country:
Like any other school boy Matt dreamed of being a soldier, at the age of 16.
he made his way to the army recruiting office in London and joined the British Army The 2nd Battalion Royal Green Jackets which in 2007 amalgamated in to the 4th battalion Rifles regiment based in Bullford Wiltshire
Matt was deployed to Basra city Iraq in April 2007 in August of the same Year at about 04.30 hours in Basra City. On the way back from operation
The enemy forces contacted the patrol with an explosive formed projectile (EFP) roadside bomb and small arms fire (ak47s)
The EFP ripped through the left side of the bulldog armoured vehicle
And through Matts shoulder, just missing his head and the shrapnel ripped in to his lower back which paralysed matts legs, his left shoulder was taken out, bullets was hitting the front of the vehicle, and with his adrenalin pumping he returned fire whist heavily injured, Matt was dragged I to the back of the vehicle by Sgt Scotty Martin and then treated by company medics who dealt with the wounds
Matt was flown back to UK and spent 2 months at Selyoak after a operations to mend
Matts injured body he was later transferred to Hadley Court
where thankfully the medical team put Matt on the road to recovery
But with pain still getting to him he was forced to put his papers in
and leave the Army he Loved in 2009
Matt received a £17.000 injury payment
( which some people get more from the council for tripping over a pavement)
he used the money to pay of the remainder
of he’s car, and spent some time in Thailand on a scuba diving instructors course
which he passed with flying colours
whilst out there Matt Paid over £2.000 of he’s own money having his injuries treated
Today Matt is in the UK and HOMELESS
Matt was told by his local council that he had no chance of being housed
because there was to many in front of him,
Its a disgrace that one of our Heroes could be treated like this
you can serve this Country but it cant house you
in a nutshell thats why we formed UK Homes 4 Heroes
to help the all the Matts of this Country
It is unbelievable that anyone who has been through what Matt has, could be treated in such way by the country he has given so much for. A disgrace? Certainly, a Betrayal would be more accurate.
Matts story is not unique it is a story repeated far too many times the length and breadth of the country.
Please take the time to visit the UKHomes4Heroes.com web site and see if there is anything you can do to help.