Not sure if this is the right place to put this, if not then feel free to move it or just tell me. I donât know if this has been talked about before, but how about a National Lottery for Current and ex members of the forces/services, ie Army/Navy/Airforce/Police/Ambulance/Fire Brigade etcâ¦? Iâve done a search on âLotteryâ and come up with loads, but I thought that one more couldnât hurt, sod it if it does. Somebody might be more switched on to get this going than I do. It might sound a bit whacky, but bear with me. The National Lottery has it stands is a kind of âshotgunâ in regards to who it supports. Youâve all seen some of the nutty things thatâs itâs been put towards, I seem to remember that last one being something about an edible statue at some seaside resort? Why not something for the people who really make a difference, wouldnât that be something better to spend your money on? I dislike seeing articles in the daily rags about someone getting shafted by the government after serving. Whoever is in power doesnât give a toss about us, those who came before, and those who come after, we get jumped over by whoever is a hot political potato at the time. I seem to remember when I got out that an RSM, 22 odd years of service, couldnât even get a council flat because he wasnât top of the list or some such crap. When some old soldier is collecting for the Poppy Fund, his collecting could be held at the whim of whatever war is going on at the time. The Falklands probably raised it, this one maybe not so much, itâs not like we have a choice. If weâre in a war then the forces probably come to the fore, after itâs finished, then Joe public couldnât give a damn. Donât fool yourself, one day you could be a hero, the next just a bloke with a boring war story. We live in a Capitalist State, but weâre not Capitalistâs. If we were, we wouldnât do the job that we feel called for. We need somebody to look after our backs in this respect, and a Lottery would do that. It could supply after service training, regardless of 4 or 24 years. Real training that would help us adapt to civi life. It could supply assistance for our familyâs, SSAFA do a great job, but they need more help. More help for veterans that have physical or mental problems. It would also help with legal fees such as for that Para who got sent to Prison in Ireland in the 80âs for shooting at the car running the VCP, you remember that? I wonder how much damage that did to recruitment when even our government wouldnât stand beside him. More money means more clout with Parliament. Independent help, that means if we slag of the Government, we can speak up without fear of having funding reduced. Political lobbies to push for better kit/standards. It would give us a much needed independent voice, without pandering to whoâs in power at the time. You might think, ok fair enough, but who would buy it? Shed loads of people. All forces, both ex and serving. People/familys who support the forces and services who want to see their money go to a more deserving cause. The silent majority could finally have a say, where it counts. Sorry to waffle on, but wouldnât it be good if it could be done?. Iâd certainly start buying a ticket again.