Veterans like Vicky

Vicky was forced to end her Army career early after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). After 19 years as a combat medic and having been on the front line in Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan it was a real shock. RBLI provided a lifeline, offering a home and the support she needed to move forward.

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Help Maria continue supporting veterans

Maria is often the first face a homeless veteran sees when they come to RBLI’s village in their time of need.

In her nine years at RBLI, she has supported hundreds of the country’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable veterans, providing them not just with a roof over their head, but a path towards an independent life.

Based in RBLI’s emergency accommodation, Mountbatten Pavilion, Maria’s specialty is providing support to the most disadvantaged when they are truly at their lowest.

“Last year, we saw a huge increase in the number of homeless veterans in need of our support,” says Maria. “This has only continued to rise. Quite frankly, it’s a tragedy.”

“Many military veterans transition to civilian life well, but sadly for some it can be a be an alien environment which comes with huge challenges.

“They may have significant difficulties brought about by their service, including PTSD and or life-changing physical injury. Then when they return to the civilian world, their issues intensify. They may develop dependencies in their efforts to cope with their demons. This can result in family breakdown or financial difficulty, then they find themselves on the street.”

“The veterans that come to us for support are really at rock bottom and have multiple complex problems which need a tailored approach. That’s what we’re here for.”