As an addition to this: The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, who were the Babaji BG on Op Herrick 11, will march from Wellington Barracks to Horse Guards Parade, via Birdcage Walk, at 1030hrs on Thu 24 Jun 10. A wreath will be laid at The Guards Memorial on Horse Guards Parade to commemorate the 5 members of the Battalion who fell during the tour.
Please come along and support the lads (along with the Japanese and American tourists).
It's all about PR. The Army is more popular than it's been for a long time, and it's largely down to homecoming parades. It's a good thing, because it means charities like H4H are well funded, and cuts are harder to make.
It's a joke. There's pathetically little in the way of 'official' support for ex-squaddies - many of whom have served since they were kids and have no idea how to adapt to 'real life' when they leave. Stabs have even less support.
Would be great to see a large scale veteran's scheme to *fully* support those who need it - but it will never happen, particularly at the moment.