I joined the British Army almost straight from school, at the age of 17. I spent 2 years as a boy soldier at the Army Apprentices College in Harrogate, then spent 5 years in Blandford travelling around the world (including the first Gulf War) and then around 5 years in Northern Ireland.
I never really saw any action and, to be honest, I’m glad of that.
We’ve all heard the snippets from TV or Radio, or in the papers that “another Serviceman or woman died today, caught in an explosion of a roadside IED”, but we get desensitized to it after a while, and simply go about our daily lives oblivious to the sacrifice these brave men and woman are making for us.
I support the Help for Heroes charity. If you’d like to show your support then please make a donation on my justgiving page, no amount is too small and every penny goes to deserving Servicemen and women.
If you can’t donate, then take a minute to think about them and what they do, and next time you see one in the street – thank them.
Here’s a snippet for the Help for Heroes website :
“It’s about the ‘blokes’, our men and women of the Armed Forces. It’s about Derek, a rugby player who has lost both his legs, it’s about Carl whose jaw is wired up so he has been drinking through a straw. It’s about Richard who was handed a mobile phone as he lay on the stretcher so he could say goodbye to his wife. It’s about Ben, it’s about Steven and Andy and Mark, it’s about them all. They are just blokes but they are our blokes; they are our heroes. We want to help our heroes.”
Thank you, sincerely.