- Royal British Legion Poppy PRESS 2008
One of the first of many sad things I learned soon after joining the Legion in 2001 was how ex-service people are over-represented among the homeless. Many are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a.k.a. shell-shock (WW1), battle fatigue (WW2), LMF (lack of moral fibre, RAF term, WW2) which can make them unlivable with and they end up lonely and homeless. The Legion helps in many ways from major projects on managing PTSD to turning lives around with measures which can be simple and inexpensive.
'God damn it, you've got to be kind.'
- millionaire Eliot Rosewater, who spent his money on little acts of kindness in his town,
in Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr Rosewater
It's almost two years since I published In Our Fathers' Footsteps (see under BOOKS). My latest book, One Dog and His Cop, about my cousin's police dog,was published 30 November this year (see under BOOKS).