I wrote this story for volume II of What’s in a Name and share it here for the first time. It is estimated that 10 million soldiers from all sides, like my grandfather, did not return from the First World War. This was trebled in the Second World War leading to an estimated total loss of over 40 million young men and women. This number has been increased significantly in all the global conflicts since.
This overwhelming figure does not include the wounded who did return, scarred for life physically and mentally. According to the statistics, despite the best efforts of the veteran assistance organisations, it would seem that we are still not doing all we should for those who have served their countries and returned home. There are an estimated 10,000 veterans living on the streets in the UK and 50,000 in the US.
There is no reason that…
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