Message  directly from the Royal British Legion

Undoubtedly you will have been following in the news the troubling events unfolding in Afghanistan. We know how distressing and difficult many in our community will find these developments, both veterans and those still Serving, their families, and of course the families who lost loved ones as a result of the conflict.

We have seen an increase in calls to RBL, and our expert welfare teams are already helping those who have reached out, working collaboratively with referral partners and national and local government to provide the very best support.

I am contacting you today to let you know that if you, or anyone you know has been affected by the recent events, we are here to help and support during this time. Please call us on 0808 802 8080 whether it is regarding emotional distress, mental health issues, the need for practical support or a listening ear, we are here for anyone that needs us. Our support extends to Afghans who worked alongside the British Armed Forces and hold a HM Armed Forces campaign medal –  our full range of assistance is available to them. We have done significant work in the last week, looking at the potential needs that will arise for all those eligible for our help and planning the best way to offer that support.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, working with our partners as necessary, and we are encouraging those people in the Armed Forces community to regularly check in with one another and call us if they are struggling.

Our annual Field of Remembrance mailing will be landing with some of you shortly, and we understand that this may be a difficult time, especially for those remembering a loved one who lost their life during the Afghanistan conflict. This mailing is just one of many ways that our supporters can choose to remember.

Please reach out for support if you need it, and we encourage everyone to show understanding and compassion at what is a difficult time for many.

We are ready and waiting, therefore once again, please advise anyone needing support to get in touch with us directly on 0808 802 8080. Thank you.