Congratulations to 92 year old British WW2 veteran Kenneth Foster, who has been awarded the Norwegian Medal of Honour for the role he played in liberating the country 72 years ago.

Mr Foster served as a telegrapher on HMS Viceroy during the war, which was responsible for sinking two U-boats as well as playing a key role in freeing Norwegian towns from the Germans.

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Congratulations to 92 year old British WW2 veteran Kenneth Foster who has
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Mary Kenney
WW2 veteran and SSAFA Southend's oldest Veteran's Club member Alfred Smith has paid a touching visit to the Poppy Wave installation at his local pier.

The 98 year old, who was rescued from Dunkirk and returned to Normandy for D Day during the Second World War, came to the moving exhibition to pay his respects to his fallen comrades ahead of Armed Forces day this weekend.

The proud veteran...
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WW2 veteran and SSAFA Southends oldest Veterans Club member Alfred Smith has
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Patricia Moss
Today marks Armed Forces Day, where we #saluteourforces, from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. Each and every one of the men and women in our Armed Forces community play a vital role and deserve to be celebrated.
Today marks Armed Forces Day where we saluteourforces from currently serving troops
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''I never thought I'd have to think about selling my medals to keep my head above water''

“I’m Les, my career with the British Army goes back 40 years to 1977. I started off in the Territorial Army with the 4th Parachute Regiment, but then I moved into the regulars in 1980. Before long, I was serving out in Northern Ireland. I didn’t have a clue back then what was to come, the highs and the...
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''I never thought I'd have to think about selling my medals to keep my head above water''
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Dot McKechnie
Peter Newton
A blind WW2 Veteran is appealing for the return of his medals after they were lost on his return from a pilgrimage to Normandy, France, where he fought on the beaches more than 70 years ago.

Alfred Barlow's wife and grandson noticed that his four medals were missing after he visited the restroom at a service station on their return. Despite diligently retracing his steps, asking at all...
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A blind WW2 Veteran is appealing for the return of his medals
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Yvonne Masterman
Julie Ann Taylor
Today is Reserves day, where we recognise the contribution made by our Reservists to the Armed Forces.

The Reserve Forces make up approximately one sixth of our Armed Forces personnel and as such are integral to protecting the nation’s security at home and overseas, particularly providing capability in specialist areas such as medical and cyber.

We know the pressures of holding down a job...
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Today is Reserves day where we recognise the contribution made by our
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We're thrilled to be celebrating one year in partnership with the The Koin Club.

During the past year, the Koin Club has raised over £60,000 for SSAFA. A year ago this week, The Koin Club released ‘For Heroes & Horses, The Poppies Grow,’ the first edition in their exclusive War Poppy Collection and since then have created a further three editions. Get your hands on the newest edition today...
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We're thrilled to be celebrating one year in partnership with the The Koin Club
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Congratulations to the last surviving Dambuster, George 'Johnny' Johnson who was made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

As a 22 year old airman, Squadron Leader Johnson was among 133 members of 617 Squadron who bravely took part in the raid to destroy German dams with bouncing bombs during the war.

Over 70 years since his heroic actions helped save Britain and win the war, George has...
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Congratulations to the last surviving Dambuster George Johnny Johnson who was made
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Everyone has a different transition into civvy life. When you’ve left the support of the Armed Forces, civvy street can feel like a strange place. Problems you’ve never encountered before – like trying to find a home, preparing for an interview or even doing the weekly shop – can be an overwhelming experience.

That’s why we have teamed up with Royal British Legion, Poppyscotland and Combat...
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Sally Marie Smith
A hero of the Arctic convoys in World War Two who missed out on a medal because he was one degree too far south is finally going to get his medal.

Edwin Leadbetter, 92, was outraged he did not get the Arctic Star and the prestigious Ushakov medal for his services to Russia in the dangerous voyages as the MoD decided his ship was not eligible as it was deemed to have operated outside the...
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A hero of the Arctic convoys in World War Two who missed
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Barbara Dobinson
Celebrate #ArmedForcesWeek by joining in SSAFA's biggest fundraising event of the year The #BigBrewUp!

You can hold a tea party wherever you are in the world (or even donate the cost of your morning brew to SSAFA if you can't make one!) All money raised will go directly to supporting our Armed Forces and their families.

If you've already signed up and are holding a Big Brew Up this week then...
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Celebrate ArmedForcesWeek by joining in SSAFAs biggest fundraising event of the year
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Elaine Page
Terry Wheatley
Wishing #HappyFathersDay to all the Dads in our Armed Forces family. Not only are you heroes in your day job but also heroes at home. Let's spare an extra thought today for those Dad's who can't be with their loved ones today.
Wishing HappyFathersDay to all the Dads in our Armed Forces family Not
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Diane Bowtle
We're thrilled to congratulate these SSAFA volunteers who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for their tireless work and contribution to SSAFA

Ray Griffiths, Branch Secretary for SSAFA Greater Birmingham, has been awarded a BEM for his immense dedication to SSAFA over the past 29 years. Barbara Liddle Mortimer, receives a BEM for her service to the Tyne and Wear branch...
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Were thrilled to congratulate these SSAFA volunteers who have been recognised in
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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have honoured the memory of 18 primary school children killed 100 years ago in a First World War bombing raid on London's East End.

On June 13 1917, a daylight bomb from a German aircraft hit Upper North Street School in Poplar, killing the children, most of whom were aged between four and six. The Queen and Philip went to a memorial service at nearby All...
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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have honoured the memory of 18
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Nicola Williamson
An RAF veteran surprised on his 100th birthday with special Spitfire flight.

Cyril Snelling, who served as an aircraft fitter and engineer arrived at Biggin Hill airport thinking he was getting a tour of a hanger where the old warbirds are kept for display. But kind-hearted bosses stepped in to offer the war veteran an unexpected gift to cap off the day. They waived the usual £2,550 fee so he...
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An RAF veteran surprised on his 100th birthday with special Spitfire flight
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Gary White
Nick Zajac
Try something different at your #BigBrewUp with Ainsley's golden pineapple and pecan pancakes.

Whether holding a bake sale or donating the cost of your morning brew, everything raised helps us continue our vital work supporting the Forces and their families.

Get the recipe here: [ Goo.gl Link ]
Try something different at your BigBrewUp with Ainsleys golden pineapple and pecan
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Today is the 35th anniversary of the Falklands war. On the 14 June 1982 a ceasefire was declared.

During 2 months, 1 week and 5 days of war 255 British troops lost their lives and hundreds more were injured. The conflict has had a strong impact in both countries. Those who did return would forever be affected. Read stories shared from our volunteers who served during the war - Rupert van der...
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Today is the 35th anniversary of the Falklands war On the 14
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You can now buy your tickets for Liam Riley Memorial Day 2017

This year will be the the 7th year the fundraiser has happened, held to remember Corporal Liam Riley, who served with the Coldstream Guards Battle Group, and was killed when an IED detonated while he was on patrol. All money raised will go towards helping SSAFA continue our vital work with Forces and their families.

The memorial...
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You can now buy your tickets for Liam Riley Memorial Day 2017
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Donna Atkinson
Former Royal Marine Frank Coyle has finally been awarded the medal he earned in World War Two after seven decades.

Frank, 90, was thrilled to be presented with his 1939-45 War Medal by a deputy commandant general. The great-grandad fought in South East Asia, landing in 1945 after the Japanese had surrendered and spending 18 months in Siam, now Thailand.

But when staff at a veterans’ support...
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Former Royal Marine Frank Coyle has finally been awarded the medal he
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Dot McKechnie
Andrew Duncan
A World War Two veteran said he is devastated after his medals were stolen in a burglary.

Thieves broke in to 95-year-old Percy Willmott's home in Cleethorpes while he was out shopping with his daughter on Friday. His five medals, awarded for military service in North Africa and Italy, were taken from bedside drawer. Can you help find them?
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Robert Abrahams
Maria De-Gouveia