“The vast majority of individuals who serve in the Armed Forces subsequently go onto flourish in their civilian lives,” he stresses. “But of course, it doesn’t work for everybody. Some individuals get into a wide range of difficulties, because ‘stuff happens’. Homelessness is perhaps the ultimate indignity – having served your country and put your neck on the line, you can’t even find somewhere sensible to sleep.”
He is keen to dispel the myth that the majority of veterans are battle-scarred, broken individuals who require only help and sympathy, which he says is not only “factually incorrect” but also “demeans them”, which is damaging for morale and recruitment.
“Even the most hopeless soldier who proves not to be suited to that way of life will still have had the courage to step into a recruiting office, go through basic training and try his best,” he says. “They should be respected for that. It’s not the same as another job.” Major General Martin Rutledge http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/campaigns/homeless-veterans/homeless-veterans-appeal-really-caring-is-a-dangerous-emotion-in-this-kind-of-work-10000628.html