Fact; 757,805 people served as Regulars in the British Armed Forces between 1991 and 2014. We now know that at least 66,090 of these need the support of Military Charities which is incredibly sad and wrong! We have been asked many times why veterans end up living on the street, luckily out of the tens of thousands of veterans there are not many that are homeless in comparison but there are hundreds that have slipped through the net, we have found the three main reasons are 1) marriage break up, 2) having no family to come out to after leaving the services and 3) PTSD * keeping in mind PTSD comes with a whole lot of other problems
*Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person's life. Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the events, mental or physical distress to trauma-related cues, attempts to avoid trauma-related cues, alterations in how a person thinks and feels, and an increase in the fight-or-flight response. These symptoms can last for years after the event. A person with PTSD is at a higher risk for suicide and intentional self-harm.Case Study - Alan
We met this veteran sleeping rough in Brighton. Our welfare officer Mick managed to find a home for Alan and his wife, in addition DGT provided furniture. Our welfare team have also found Alan full time employment and part time work for his wife. Alan has his self-respect back, he only needed a hand up not a hand out.Case Study - Ben
Because of PTSD Ben had sought refuge by using drugs. When DGT met Ben he had, no home, no job, no future with the expertise of our Welfare team led by Mick G (himself a veteran) and other agencies Ben has been “clean” for some months, is living in a hostel and now has regular work, Ben has a long way to go with many challenges but he is on the right road, he only needed a hand up not a hand out.Case Study - Charlie
Charlie came to our attention through our colleagues at St Pauls Church in Brighton who kindly offer many service to homeless folk. Charlie had no home, no job and a pregnant girlfriend. Due to his PTSD Charlie turned to Cannabis to help ease the pain of the horrors of war in Afghanistan. After many months gaining the trust of our welfare officer Charlie is making small steps to get his life back, he only needed a hand up not a hand out.Case Study - Dave
Dave trusted nobody in authority and had lost his faith in human nature. Dave had a very nasty “bullet wound” from his time in Afghanistan that had turned gangrene and needed urgent medical attention. Dave was sleeping rough and drinking hard. Through slowly gaining some trust DGT did manage to have his wound cleaned and dressed on a few occasions, then Dave (like many veterans just disappeared into the Shadows), he only needed a hand up not a hand out.
We have not used real names in the cases, but everything else is factual. We are a small charity with limited resources but with your help we can continue to help our Country’s hero’s. Please give what you can to help us make a difference.
For 5 nights a week our Volunteers provide, hot food, hot drinks to the homeless on the streets, many of whom are Veterans. We also provide, sleeping bags, warm clothing, footwear, washing and shaving kits. In addition we listen and give advice regarding the various services they need and how to access them, we also provide information to ensure they stay safe while living on the streets.
Homeless people can access our services at any time as we are open 24/7 there is always someone they can talk to. We always require additional volunteers to join our dedicated team, if you have a few hours to spare to make a difference to people who have fallen on hard times then please contact us for further details.