The Aspiration Trap
We’re a community; from the first day off the train, arriving at the gatehouse or dropped off by tearful relatives, we always have been. And we continue to be a community; rest assured that Veterans Network and those we work with, have your back.
But recently, we’ve seen a dilemma that the community must face, played out in front of the nation’s media.
Bob Curry, veteran of the storming of the Iranian Embassy by the SAS, was left high and dry with his local council unable to put him into council housing. Fortunately for Bob, the veteran community – and the Daily Mail – weighed into this situation and Bob has now been found fitting accommodation, albeit in another county from that in which Bob was looking.
But the case exposes problems both for veterans and about veterans.The problems are perennial; veterans are towards the back of the queue – seemingly – for everything, and housing is a particular issue among the community.The problems about veterans are even more thorny, and one that the community as a whole must figure out.
To address this issue; of the things that we know about, Bob was instrumental in the successful storming of the Iranian Embassy by the SAS. A lifetime of admiration and free drinks in pubs up and down the land would have awaited, if only Bob had been able to talk about what he had done. But Bob did not, and did not capitalise upon his legendary status, which presumably has led him to the point of not being able to get a home.
Veterans Network believes that this is scandalous. However, is any veteran being overlooked for housing any less scandalous?
Many people, quite rightly, expressed their dismay and anger at Bob’s situation. But who expresses their anger, frustration and support for the former AGC member left without housing, or the three-year-served infantry soldier left without housing? Or Darren Greenfield, who shamefully was left on the streets of Edinburgh, where he begged for change and ultimately passed away?
At Veterans Network, there is no two-tier system. If you are ‘more important’ than another veteran, it’s because of the urgency of your needs, or the complexity of your needs, not from your service.
If you put on the uniform and were prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder with us for your country, we are there for you. Our strength is as a united group, not as individuals fighting among ourselves.
Join us, have your say as an equal and encourage your former comrades to strengthen our ranks, for the good of all veterans.
The Veterans Network Team