Charity provides support to 10,000 military personnel in 7 years

A charity which provides support and advice to military heroes in Scotland has helped more than 10,000 people since it was set up seven years ago.

The Armed Service Advice Project (ASAP), run by Scotland's Citizens Advice Bureau network, Poppyscotland and other military charities, also revealed it has helped clients secure more than £8 million since it was formed.

The one-stop shop offers free support to current and former military personnel with housing, employment, finances and health matters.

ASAP said clients had been supported through access to benefits, wages, compensation and finance management.

Claire Williams, ASAP co-ordinator said: "We are proud to announce that ASAP has helped over 10,000 military heroes across Scotland. That's an average of six people every working day whose lives have been changed by expert advice and one-to-one support.

"But we want to help even more. We know there are people in the Armed Forces community who are suffering all sorts of problems in silence. Our message to them today is: we've helped over 10,000 of your colleagues. Now let us help you.

"Most military and ex-military personnel get by without needing any specialist support. But some do need a bit of help.

"They face the same kind of problems that civilians face, including issues like unemployment, debt, housing and money worries.

"But their situation can be that bit more complicated because of their military background. Many have mental or physical problems and they are often unsure where to get the specialist help they need.

"That's what this service is all about: offering that kind of targeted one-to-one support.''

Mark Bibbey, chief executive of Poppyscotland, said: ``We are delighted to see ASAP going from strength to strength.

"It has had a hugely positive impact on the lives of thousands of veterans and their families over the past six years.

"Poppyscotland is committed to ensuring ASAP has the necessary funding in the coming years so it can continue to provide vital information and advice for those in the Armed Forces community who urgently need it.''

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