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Forces Charities

Friendly To Forces: Campaign Aiming To Tackle Mental Health Stigma In Veteran Recruitment

Armed Forces charity SSAFA has launched the initiative to help service leavers find employment.

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The initiative is part of SSAFA's pledge to the Armed Forces Covenant (Picture: Crown Copyright).

An Armed Forces charity has launched a campaign to help military veterans struggling to find work due to mental health stigma.

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) has started an initiative called 'Friendly to Forces' to help service leavers get jobs.

It follows recent research by SSAFA which suggests psychological issues are a major concern for nearly half of UK employers.

According to the figures, 46% of recruiters recognise negative perceptions are a significant barrier, with former personnel frequently being unfairly penalised.

Meanwhile, 31% say they are reluctant to take on someone who served before.

The campaign calls for more British companies to change their perceptions, sign up and show intent to hire forces leavers.

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The 'Friendly to Forces' scheme is designed to help military veterans find work (Picture: MOD).

James Grant, Head of SSAFA's Corporate Fundraising and Events said: "A career in service to our country should always be met with pride and gratitude.

"That’s why we have launched our Friendly to Forces campaign, to challenge all businesses to do better when hiring service leavers."

The initiative is part of SSAFA's pledge to the Armed Forces Covenant to advocate for members of the forces community.