Help London Live support homeless veterans

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Help London Live support homeless veterans
25th November 2014

As we mark the centenary of World War One and the wind down of operations in Afghanistan, London Live can today announce the launch of our Christmas charity appeal for homeless veterans. 

There are an estimated 4.6million veterans in Britain and Ben Thompson is one of them. After serving in the Falklands, he left the armed forces in 1992.  

In 2011, he was evicted from the house he shared with seven others, by his landlady who no longer wanted to rent the place.

He was left with nowhere to turn, couldn't afford the deposit on a new place and ended up sleeping rough. He got in touch with Veterans Aid who found him a place in their temporary accommodation in New Belvedere House in Stepney Green, East London.

He soon found his own flat in Ealing, but one night, returned to find his belongings in bags outside in the pouring rain.  

He returned to the charity that had helped him previously, but a long term drinking and alcohol problem persisted. 

He found himself locked away for days on end, drinking, not paying rent at his hostel and finally reaching his lowest ebb.

He knew something had to give. He'd heard of a rehabilitation programme run in conjunction with Veterans Aid and signed up after being recommended by a friend. 

That was two years ago. He hasn't drunk alcohol or used drugs since.

Two weeks ago, he was given the keys to his own flat.  He is just one of Veterans Aid's success stories - with your help, they can help other veterans like Ben get back on their feet, after doing their bit for the country. 

We're working with two charities, the Army Benevolent Fund and the London based Veterans Aid.  These charities work to help troops returning from the front line, by ensuring their life is made easier once they are back home. 

Find out how you can help here.

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