Hi folks,

Tomorrow is an unusual Friday bank holiday here in the UK to mark the 75th anniversary of the Allied Victory in Europe, 1945. 

Please do join us in taking the time to remember all those who fought for us during the Second World War and the incredible sacrifices they made.
It’s going to be a strange day of remembrance – no major gatherings, no street parties (as we would recognise them) but you can still watch some incredible ceremonies such as this one from the Royal Navy and there are a number of listings and online events you can take part in
We’d love to hear how you are taking part in these strange times, let us know on our Facebook page. If you have a relative you would specifically like to commemorate, please feel free to post their details.

Finally, here at Ex-Mil, we know that these are uncertain times and we want you to know that we continue to be here for you. We're all working from home so please do get in touch if you need any job seeking advice or help with your CV – we would be delighted to help. 

Please drop an email to [email protected] if there's anything you'd like us to add to this newsletter.


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News round–up    

Navy engineer ‘Barney’ selflessly helps the NHS
Iranian Embassy siege: Seventeen minutes that made SAS world’s most feared fighters
Military's 'Ingenuity And Determination' Praised In Coronavirus Response
Virtual 'Wall Of Remembrance' To Mark VE Day 75
Coronavirus: 'Over 100' Military Personnel Have Tested Positive
Homeowner dug up live WW2 bomb in her garden before scrubbing it with a Brillo pad thinking it was a Victoria relic before the army took it to the beach for a controlled explosion
D-Day veteran Don Sheppard given birthday praise by Boris Johnson
HELPING HEROES Military support group rescues five suicidal veterans feeling lockdown strain
The last Victoria Cross hero before VE Day who was so brave even the enemy marvelled: LORD ASHCROFT salutes a soldier who launched a one-man charge firing a machine-gun from his hip to save comrades in a Nazi ambush
Scots SAS siege hero plea as former soldiers battling PTSD face losing their homes
Search for relatives of Gordon Highlander hero on the games field – and in war
Previously-unseen photographs emerge of Iranian Embassy hostages being funnelled through smoke to safety next door 40 years after siege
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Female Red Army veteran, 97, knitting socks for ‘true soldier’ Captain Tom as 100th birthday present
Russia is aiming to replace human soldiers with ‘faster and more accurate’ robot ‘brothers’ on the battlefield, deputy director of country’s Advanced Research Foundation says
British jets intercept Russian aircraft – and RAF chief mocks Putin's planes as 'relics of the Cold War'
Mobile phone app launched to help support veterans
Trio of British military museums join forces for virtual VE Day 75 event
Flypasts and promotion for UK fund-raising hero 'Colonel' Tom as he turns 100
Veterans Commissioner to be recruited for NI
Brits urged to remember VE Day by placing a ‘Tommy’ in their windows
Royal Navy Submarine Captain Loses Command After Lockdown Party
British Army soldier, 24, falls to death in freak climbing accident in Swiss Alps 
Coronavirus: Military tests key workers in mobile units
UK troops 'given insect repellent' as part of 'enhanced' protection against coronavirus
The secret underground city near Bath built in case of nuclear war
Blind veteran completing marathon in his garden this weekend as part of the 2.6 challenge 
Do you have any news you think we should feature, or any areas you’d like us to cover? Email us at:…[email protected]

Would you like to change your relationship with alcohol?

I drank my way through military service!

Didn't we all? I was 15 when I first walked into the NAAFI bar at the Army Apprentice College at Harrogate and necked my first bottle of 'Dog' (Newcastle Brown). I remember thinking how disgusting it was, but nowhere near as rank as the whisky that followed! A few hours later, I was vomiting outside and can't even remember bedtime, but can remember the following morning; I wish I'd died! What I could never have imagined was that I'd spend the next 50 years repeating that, not every day, but more than not! I could have bought a mansion with what I'd paid over a thousand bars around the world!

At 65 I'd had enough, but how could I possibly stop? My whole life revolved around alcohol! It wasn't easy, and it wasn't sudden, more a marathon than a sprint, but well into the Autumn of life, so worth it. Life's great again, with a clear mind, a healthy body and looking forward to a future that wouldn't have been possible had I not had the courage to take that leap of faith! I even went to University and graduated with a BA Hons Media degree, not bad for a lad who left school at 14 with nothing!

In 2016 I started a free Facebook support group https://www.facebook.com/groups/SoberInspiredPirates/ and we now have way over 4,000 members. Sober Inspired Pirates (SIP) is based on a Pirate ship, and we have 30 other vessels covering various interest groups, such as Photography, Bikers, Football, 6 Nations, Cooking, a Pool Hall, Veterans, Arts & Crafts, Gardening and Men Only. We also have a rough bar, Jamaica Inn, run by a real Aussie, and in there you can do or say what you want, just like in the NAAFI. The group isn't full of non-drinkers, far from it, but it is full of people who are looking to change their relationship with alcohol. Some have succeeded and are years into an alcohol-free life, others are on a daily mission to break free, but the common theme is constant support and fun helping others. Take a look at our website first http://www.oynbpirates.com and then take that first leap of faith, you can always retreat if it's not for you but the benefits are massive! 

Of course, you have to want to be a Pirate to board our ships and I do run a strict regime with the help of 3 other Captains and over 30 officers. You'll find that giving support to others is key to helping yourself and you'll soon find the enormous benefits just in cutting down. Better health, more energy, less anxious, deeper sleep, more money to spare, it's a win-win situation. What's to lose? Let's explore the possibilities of change! 

By Daniel Sencier

Events etc.

Upcoming events can be found on these sites for the Royal Air ForceRoyal Navy and Army – something for everyone!

Do you have an event or appeal you’d like us to publicise? Email us at:…[email protected]


Do you have any reunion events our readers might like to know about?

Just send in your name and details of how interested parties can get in contact. Also let us know the details of the reunion — who it's for, place, time etc. and a website if there is one, and we’ll include it in our next newsletter.

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Joke: Quarters

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, "This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you."

The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, "Which do you want, son?" The boy takes the quarters and leaves.

"What did I tell you?" said the barber. "That kid never learns!"

Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store.

"Hey, son! May I ask you a question?

Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?"

The boy licked his cone and replied,

"Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!"

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