Thousands Of Former Soldiers Now Homeless In London
Wednesday 23rd January 2013
Thousands of former soldiers are living on the streets in London and the Home Counties.
The Honour British Forces charity says up to 3,000 former troops are homeless in London and the Home Counties.
And they warned warned that figure will rise as a result of government cuts, after another 5,000 job losses were confirmed.
Martin, who is homeless has told LBC 97.3 there wasn't enough support on leaving the forces. Speaking to LBC reporter Kath Stanczyszyn: "It was debriefing. It was being debunked. It was 'OK, well done, you've done us proud'.
"Now back to civvies. That's it, that's where I am. I'm homeless. I'm selling the Big Issue to survive, literally.
"I'm an engineer, that was part of my job in the army - a highly-skilled mechanic - and I can't even get a job doing that."
But Liberal Democrat member of the Defence Select Committee Bob Russell told us the government tries to help ex-service personnel as best as it can.
He said: "The vast majority are people who will voluntarily go for redundancy. I don't want this to happen, but they are going to volunteer and it's inevitable that, in due course, there will be some people that drift away."
To help the Honour British Forces charity, please visit honourbritishforces.org.uk