On GMB this morning they had 'Bob' who had become homeless. He was on TV on the 22nd January when Piers Morgan interviewed him. He lead the SAS group who freed the hostages of the 1980 Embassy siege in London. He became homeless through no fault of his own, but his local authority would not re-home him because after loosing his business he fell into debt.
'Bob' has now be re-housed by the Hereford authority after a short campaign.
The rules regarding benefit payment and the benefit cuts/caps is causing problems which unemployed people are not finding it easy to get over. It was reported this morning that there are 13000 ex service men sleeping rough on the streets and at least 13000 ex service men in prison. This are not a problem for service charities, it is the problem of government and we all know how good they are at tackling the problem.
As for SAAFA and RBL, I think that the officer corps who 'front' these organisations do so not because of 'jobs for the boys', but because of the requirement of the Commission and do the job because of their commitment to helping 'old soldiers' who need the help that the relevant military charity gives.
I am glad that 'BOB' has been served. AS a soldiers he looked after us, we should look after him, and the others too.
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