Veterans grants

AN 85-year-old war veteran has been in touch with us to remind fellow veterans of the grants available to fellow veterans to enable them to pay a visit of remembrance to the theatre of war they were involved in.

Ted Cachart, from Derbyshire, explains that some veterans may not be aware of the financial grants, Heroes Return II, that are available from the Big Lottery Fund.

“It appears that the number of veterans claiming these grants were far less than anticipated, resulting in these grants being extended to December 31, 2012,” says Ted.

“It would be extremely helpful if these details were made known so that veterans, who will now be aged 80 and over, may still take advantage of these grants and plan a visit.

“The grants range from £150 to cover travel and accommodation for veteran, spouse and carer, within the UK, £1,300 to Northern Europe and £5,500 to the Far East.

“These grants are also available to widows and widowers of veterans.

“As I have received a grant for a visit I made last December, I would be more than willing to advise any of your readers on how and where to claim.”

If you would like to take advantage of advice from Ted, chairman of the 49 Squadron Association, he can be contacted via telephone on 01773 853 181 or via e-mail at ted@49squadron.co.uk