SSAFA is a charity, registered in Scotland, and one for which I have the utmost admiration.
SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors and Airman Families Association) has served our armed forces and their families for 125 years this year.
This charity provides health and social services, support for the ex-service community and nowadays runs a confidential help line.
Some years ago they also used to provide accommodation for those who had difficulty finding something suitable, but with so many more housing providers around these days, they now only provide accommodation for the families of those who are being treated in Selly Oak or recuperating at Headley Court. SSAFA staff can provide housing advice for those who require it.
The help of SSAFA is not only for serving personnel and their families. Anyone who has served with any of our three military services is encouraged to use their services in times of trouble. No matter how small the problem is SSAFA will take it seriously.
Over the last 125 years it has developed to suit the needs of their clients and today the services of this most professional and dedicated organisation is as much in demand as it was 125 years ago.
If you have a little free time why not think about becoming a SSAFA volunteer? I assure you it's truly rewarding work and you don't need a military background as first class training is given. You'll make some interesting new friends too.
All this sounds like an advertisement for SSAFA but I make no apology for that. This charity is exceptional in its professionalism and ability to speedily meet the challenges of military life in this modern world.