The charity fulfils a number of roles which will concentrate on working with a group of counsellors in order to assess and treat Ex-service people who suffer with a variety of symptoms and problems that indicate they are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress disorder.
This service is open to all service personnel from the Forces, the Police and the Emergency services through to anyone who because of service or indeed through their connections to the services has or is suffering with P T S D.
Beyond the Battlefield carries out a number of roles which include treatment of P T S D the associated problems which are Stress’ Alcohol Abuse’ Drugs: domestic Abuse’ Suicide’ Bereavement ‘and Financial Difficulties’ Relationship difficulties’ Self harm’ and trauma.
The Charity also performs a series of different tasks which will improve the lives of the Ex-service Community.
Forming a befriending service.
Ensuring veterans are aware and are receiving all the benefits to which they are entitled.
Lobbying government to change the law on things like unemployment and sickness benefits.
Other areas such as Housing where Prisoners Immigrants and the Unemployed have much more rights than a service person who has served this Country most of their adult life.
After the signing of the Good Friday Agreement the people who kept the Country safe were no longer needed or wanted. This resulted in major pay off’s however no thought was given to the future needs of service people and how they and their families would cope with the trauma they had endured over the 40 years.
Many service people have and still are suffering from the trauma they were required to endure and most at the moment because off lack of understanding by the heath professionals are suffering in silence.
These people are basically forgotten and as time goes on the Government and Heath Professionals see them as a nuisance. To solve this problem they give them a few pills and send them home to suffer and let their families suffer.
Beyond the Battlefield is needed in Northern Ireland because the conflict and the Service that the veterans give to the country are largely forgotten. Veterans were simply discharged and no thought was given as to how they would integrate into normal society. Many have found this very hard and some have found it impossible hence the reason for the many suicides marriage break ups and addictions suffered by the ex-Service community.
Charities have been set up by people who in the Main have no understanding of the Service community how they think how they feel or what they have been through. Many charities based in the mainland of G B that are heavily supported by the ex-Service community in Northern Ireland take a lot but give nothing back. These are charities like Help the Heroes who do most of their work with serving soldiers but tend to forget they depend on the ex-service community to finance their work.
They have no interest in the mental problems ex-service people are facing every day and give little or no support to Northern Ireland based veterans.
However unlike most charities everyone who has served their Country will be eligible to become a member of Beyond the Battlefield and serve in different capacities within the Charity. Our aims and objectives will be to ensure that the comradeship and trust our members had whilst serving their country can be given back to them through being part off and participating in the therapeutic and social events the charity will be engaged in once up and running.
Beyond the Battlefield is needed as a professional neutral charity who for the first time has only the interests of the ex-service community in Northern Ireland and the Republic at heart. A charity who listens, treats, and gives on-going advice and help to the many courageous veterans who have been forgotten.
- All members are entitled to free counselling in P T S D.
- Every member will be entitled to a free war pension heath check. If entitled a small charge will be made for carrying out the assessment and submitting the documentation plus any reviews or appeals required.
- Help with housing issues and entitlements to grants or housing’ benefits
- Help with applying for benefits and advice on entitlements and help with form filling.
- Beyond the Battlefield will be introducing a befriending service to ensure those in need and house bound are not forgotten or neglected
- We will work with the veterans agency to ensure medal entitlements are pursued and received
- We will be dealing with widow entitlements ensuring our widows are given the respect and pensions they deserve.
- We will provide pipers ‘buglers and advisors for military funerals within the family’s wishes and where a member is entitled There will be a cost for this but only the expenses of the people involved
- We have secured the help and assistance of local politicians in sourcing funding and lobbying for change in housing and benefits veterans are entitled to on completion of service.
- We intend to seek funding to enable members to have somewhere to go in the event of a financial burden or crisis.
- Beyond the Battlefield is aiming to have members in every City’ Town’ and Village working as a community with members on call to help each other in times of trouble ‘ distress ‘sickness ‘or bereavement. To create a community who are surrounded by friends and comrades who are looking out for each others welfare
- Every member irrespective of rank or position within your service will be equal within the charity and every full member will be eligible to serve on any committee or sub committee.
- All members will be encouraged to be active in the charities fund raising activities and will be expected to promote the charity and raise awareness of the work the charity is carrying out for the benefit of members.
- Any and all funding and fund raising will be accounted for and members will receive a statement of account at the yearly annual general meeting.
- All monies will be used for the benefit of members.
- All personal details and information will be stored in a secured data base and will never be disclosed to anyone unauthorized to receive it.