I was quite surprised to read this in my local paper. I thought Officers had access to post service employment and welfare etc that OR's didn't have. Perhaps it's me just being outdated seeing as I was in in the 70's. Brief summary below. Here's the link for the whole story: http://www.uxbridgegazette.co.uk/west-london-news/local-uxbridge-news/2010/06/15/soldier-faces-a-life-on-the-streets-113046-26657172/ A SOLDIER who served in Afghanistan has been living on handouts but now faces a life on the streets. Unless he is able to find accommodation within 48 hours, Lieutenant Kieran McCrystal, 25, will be homeless. He is also struggling to find a job. From fighting in the world's most dangerous war zone, and battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), he is now staying at the YMCA in Uxbridge and relying on the charity of the Hillingdon Foodbank for meals. Working as a watchkeeper in the battalion's operations room, Lt McCrystal was charged with tracking and reporting events on the battle-field, relaying orders and making snap decisions. He witnessed casualties each day. But since being 'demobbed' in September, his biggest challenge has begun, and he is facing the prospect of having to sleep rough in a town where the first shop for the soldiers' charity Help for Heroes was opened.