|By PR Newswire||
|May 19, 2011 03:24 PM EDT||
Since the start of the last Iraq War in 2003 there have been 675
seriously injured or very seriously injured British casualties, many of whom
have unique housing needs. Coming Home aims to meet that challenge and has
already bought a suitable house for
Mark, 26, whose wife Becky is expecting her first child, said: "If Haig Housing Trust hadn't stepped in to save the day then I'm not sure where we would have ended up once I left the military."
Supporters and senior military figures attended the campaign launch in
"Many of our wounded are now surviving injuries that would have proved fatal 20 years ago. Given their injuries, rehabilitation takes much longer, sometimes as long as four years. Given the numbers who have been seriously wounded it is only over the past 18 months or so that we have begun to see them emerging from the rehabilitation system. For many the next step means leaving the Forces and starting their lives again. But some of these wounded simply have nowhere suitable to live once they are discharged from the Services. They had no plans to return to civvy street quite so suddenly, and certainly not in the disabled condition they now find themselves in."
HHT will work as the strategic housing partner for Help for Heroes, who was at the Coming Home launch.
HAIG HOUSING TRUST
Haig Housing Trust (HHT) was set up by the charity
The charity liaises regularly with the Services through the Army Recovery Capability at Andover, the regional Personnel Recovery Units (PRUs) and DMRC Headley Court. HHT aims to give early advice re housing to the badly wounded and disabled and so possibly prevent them making costly mistakes. It also offers adapted housing on Haig's existing estates, or to buy and rent back individually sourced properties where they are needed, and can also provide a shared ownership scheme to prevent those with sizeable PAX and AFCS payments from having to sink all their money into bricks and mortar.
HHT already has more than 50 cases on its books, and is currently in the process of purchasing nine properties for or jointly with wounded Service personnel.
For further information please visit: http://www.coming-home.org.uk
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