Hi folks,

It’s really hard to find any positive news at the minute, with leaders in the UK and US facing unprecedented legal challenges, rumblings in the Middle East and the never-ending Brexit saga and its political wrangling. It’s all getting a bit much now. We’ve trawled through the news to find some more encouraging and interesting stories for you, courtesy of our troops, as is so often the way! 

Firstly, this incredible story of a British double amputee who has just become the first to reach the top of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. James Rose lost both his lower legs in Helmand in 2009 but since conquered PTSD and depression to take part in the Invictus and now complete this latest huge challenge. A real credit to the strength of spirit and determination of our veterans. 

Commemoration is of huge importance to serving personnel, veterans and their families but here, we see it in a more unusual format. Tribute Ink is a new photography exhibition from the MOD, Royal British Legion and the National Memorial Arboretum which explores the tattoos of people in the Navy, Army and RAF. If you’ve got a memorial tattoo, you can share yours with the curators on Twitter using the hashtag #tributeink  

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Regards,

The Team

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News round–up    

Military Police arrest suspect over disappearance of British toddler Katrice Lee who vanished from Army base in Germany in 1981 – as officers find a ‘black package’ under patio of house in Swindon

MoD still treating some military personnel in an 'immoral' way with 'no accountability for incompetence' say MPs

Depression and binge-drinking more common among military partners

TRAVELATOR TRAGEDY Worker killed on travelator at London Waterloo is Territorial Army member, 44, with wife and three young kids

Aldershot blind veteran to run 60km in Surrey Hills Challenge

Battle of Arnhem: Mass parachute drop marks WW2 assault

Mission to restore grave of Waterloo veteran in St Botolph's Priory

British military rugby team sparks controversy with 'naive' photo at World War II shrine in Japan: Report

Army Officer Tackles Everest for SSAFA

JOBS FOR HEROES Veterans will visit Job Centres to help more ex-Armed Forces members back into work as part of new £6M scheme

Belgium: unprecedented military convoy for 75th anniversary of liberation

The Allies Hoped Operation Market Garden Would End WWII. Here's What Went Wrong

RAF Rugby Player Dies Aged 25

Vandals Deface British WW2 Cemetery in Netherlands

Former Scots military policeman almost killed in vicious Ukraine holiday attack

Paratroopers win Colchester barracks racial harassment claim

 

BOND OF BROTHERS Touching moment late military hero’s daughter meets sergeant who served with her dad – one of the last people to see him alive

HOLIDAY TRAGEDY Brit ex-soldier, 42, dies in wife’s arms after his ‘heart stopped’ while swimming in hotel pool in Greece

Armed forces veterans missing out on pensions, says charity

Female army recruits could be given special backpacks to reduce muscular and back injuries

Army veteran betrayal: Soldier in attempted murder trial for actions while serving Britain

Hundreds of army veterans take to the streets of Brecon in protest

ECO WARRIORS British Army chief declares they must become environmentally friendly to win future wars

Why Are Military Personnel Dragging A Half-Tonne Field Gun Across The UK

Military Veterans to travel with The Taxi Charity to Arnhem for the 75th Anniversary

VIA go out of their way to help veterans…literally!

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ANY former Staffords or Mercians will be most welcome – meeting starts at 19:30 sharp so come grab a beer, chew the fat… meet old and new alike!

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