Tommy Diaries – Part 3


The nation celebrated our servicemen and women’s return home from the Falklands War, but it was the beginning of a whole new battle for many.

“I had nothing. I just had a suitcase in my hand and I got on a train back to my hometown. That’s where RBLI stepped in – they organised for me to see a surgeon to help with my injuries, gave me a house for my family, then there was a job for me when I fully recovered.”

RBLI was helping to solve the critical housing problems former soldiers, sailors, pilots and their families faced. PTSD had only recently been identified as a diagnosable condition and there was a need for specialist support. Three new forms of accommodation were built and still stand in this thriving community, so that more veterans found safety and support in a place that they could truly call home.