LETTER: Soldiers’ support group not stepping on toes of Royal British Legion

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I HAD a write up in the Burnley Express in December about a voluntary support group called S.A.L.U.T.E.

In response a man from the Royal British Legion replied on your letters’ page in January.

I feel I have to respond to reassure this gentleman that, as an ex-soldier, it was never my intention to disparage any organisation or person that is in connection with our Armed Forces.

There was no mention of me taking pressure off the British Legion, but my wife who was with me when I was interviewed by the reporter, did say her father who was in the 2nd Battalion Loyal Regiment and was a Far East Prisoner of War had suffered with post-traumatic stress disorder, and his way of dealing with it was to meet up at the British Legion with other F.E.P.O.Ws to give each other support after what they had been through as POWs, they were a Band of Brothers.

This was the only involvement her father had with the British Legion, but he was a lifetime member. I also did not serve in Bosnia as stated in the Express, so this was also an oversight.

It is the aim of the S.A.L.U.T.E. association to help ex-forces personnel and their families by giving them added support in whatever way they can, besides the support they will already be receiving from honourable long established organisations such as the Royal British Legion.

I hope this letter will be able to reassure the veteran from the Royal British Legion.

Kevin Shepherd

Veteran & Chairman of Salute

Tel: 07855 447953