These personal messages of support were sent in by the public to encourage those in need to reach out to SSAFA for help when they need it. If you need support please contact our Forcesline now.
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To all servicemen and women, I am so glad you have SSAFA to help you. You all deserve help and love, which they give. God bless you all.
Love, Norma xxx
To all the unheard voices, still to come forward. The line of life is never straight. It either goes up or it goes down but if it is down, it will always rise again. Thanks you all for your past effort on behalf of us all.
If you need help, please, please ask for it. Asking for help is so often seen as a sign of weakness - the idea that we should be able to deal with whatever life throws at us, or we're somehow failing. In reality, asking for help is one of the strongest things you can do. My husband has combat related PTSD, and I'm so, so grateful he found the strength to ask for help. If you're reading this and struggling with something (mental health related or something else), make contact. You're not being silly, you're not being weak, you're being a human being.
Debbie Lough, West Yorkshire
Whatever your problems, remember to hold your head up high and share them with those who really care and want to help. You will never walk alone with SSAFA and should never have to.
You fought for us all through your careers. You're precious and if you need someone to fight for you now, even if it's just for a short time, contact SSAFA.
My Dad served in the Logistics for 34 years. Both of my Grandads served in the Army and Navy respectively. The Armed Forces are a huge part of my life. My Dad continues to volunteer as a case worker for SSAFA and some of the stories I hear from him make me sad that this country doesn't always look after those in need who have sacrificed so much. Even in modern times this comes across in terms of missing family time, breaking up relationships, mental health issues and for those involved having a certain level of 'proudness' not to ask for help when they need it. It's so important to have organisations such as SSAFA and others like it doing great work to be able to offer all manner of help. The support one receives shouldn't end because you no longer wear uniform.
Respect love and blessings sent to you all. Keep fighting and keep your spirits alive.
Vicky Stone, Rhyl
When I most needed help it was my local SSAFA in Carmarthenshire that stepped up to give me a hand up. From there PTSD Resolution gave me the treatment that has saved me and given me the positive mental attitude to go forward and achieve the things I have since and to get where I am now, (Google me for the complete story). From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Glenn Owen, Kent
- I hope that we can help you all as we owe you so much. We wouldn't be here today if it weren't for all that you have done for us.
David Edward Brown
- Thanks to people like you, people like me, and my family can live in peace with our neighbours and the rest of the world. Your bravery and dedication is much appreciated and valued. Thank you.
- Believe me, there are more of us out here than you realise who know how important you are in defending your country by putting your life on the line to defend us at home in so many different theatres of war. We appreciate everything you do and know how very difficult it must be to adjust to an entirely different way of life and we wish you all the best in every way. You're all very brave and upstanding individuals and we owe you a debt. Please take care, you are all very precious
- They say you are only six steps away from knowing someone and usually it's a lot less. It's easy to feel alone and cut off from people generally but in fact we are all pretty much the same and worry about the same things; family, money, illness and so on. I have no particular connection with the military apart from my late husband and dad who served however, I do know what it's like to be involved in a team and the how it feels when you're no longer part of a that team. There's an understandandable tendancy to feel alone and cut adrift. Please be assured that the ordinary people respect what you have done and are also interested in what you may do in the future. Best of luck for now and in the future.
- I used to think SSAFA only supported Service Peronnel who has been injured - not so. I am ex RAF and had no injuries or stress however, I do suffer from arthritis. On approaching SSAFA (reluctantly) I was astonished at the help I received. My caseworker recommended that I recieved help decorating my home due to my arthritic condition., On top of this, my caseworker felt that my income and expenditure was "fairly tight" so I was awarded a cash grant at Christmas. This amount was indeed a great help to me and my family and I cannnot praise SSAFA enough. Do not hesitate to contact them, they listen with a professional but friendly and caring ear. I will always be grateful to them.
- I was a LCPL in the Royal Signals. I had to leave the Army in 1990 on a compassionate discharge due to the fact I have a special needs and deaf son. I had served 7 years Regular and previous to that 10 years Territorial. If it had not been for SSAFA's help I do not know what would have happened. They helped us with getting a council house and grants towards furnishing etc. They also put us in touch with people who could help us through and were there for us. Reach out to them, they are there to help and want to. It is not charity, you earnt it.
- There is light at the end of the tunnel. Keep your spirits up.
- All the best of luck and a million thanks for your courage. J x
- Thank you for serving our country. However alone or down you feel, be sure that people you've never met, care about you and wish you well.
- We all need help at some time in our lives. Never feel ashamed to take hold of a helping hand, especially when the hand being offered is from SSAFA. A simple call to SSAFA may be the most important decision you ever make. Summon up the courage to make that telephone call today.
- Walk through life with your head held high. We are proud of you.
- You must not be embarrassed in asking SSAFA for help, they are only willing to assist you.
- We are most grateful for all you have done for our country and for the sacrifices you have made. All good luck for the future.
- With SSAFA's help and encouragement will you overcome. Best wishes for the future.
- Don't hold back! Whatever your situation or however you feel, please talk to the great people at SSAFA. Even if you are embarassed or ashamed they will be able to help and it could be a great, new beginning for you. SSAFA are there for you. Life is for living, don't despair.
- Don't be ashamed to ask for help. You've given so much, dealt with so much and you deserve something in return. We are so grateful for your Service, allow us to pay you back somehow. Asking for help isn't a weakness.
- Thank you for all you have done and continue to do. Your sacrifice is amazing! Thank you.
- Speaking as an exRAF wife of 17 yrs I know and appreciate all the hard work and commitment you all put into your work. You all have my support, always. THANK YOU!
Julie A, West Yorkshire
- It seems to me that all ex-personnel of The Armed Forces should be seen by SSAFA staff because leaving the Forces is a very traumatic step in life. Even my brother-in-law who had been a Major in the Army found civilian life difficult to adjust to.
- I was a medic in the RAF for 24 years and was blessed never to have worked in a war zone. I did however nurse many injured service people. We often referred patients and their families to SSAFA who were (and still are) enormously helpful with finances, accommodation etc. Having retired from the RAF nearly 30 years ago may I say, as one veteran to another, God bless you and God bless SSAFA.