War widows join forces to take on army bureaucracy

link to a story in the Independent about a new group, the Army Widows' Association.


A new generation of young women widowed by the war in Iraq will join those who lost their husbands in earlier conflicts at the traditional Saturday dedication ceremony at the Cenotaph in London.

They will represent a young war widows' group, the Army Widows' Association, established to help the growing number of British women being confronted with the consequences of death in a war zone - including dealing with bereaved children and the trauma that comes with watching the conflict on television. This new group aims to help widows through the post-death investigations conducted by PS4, the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Casualty Cell, and Boards of Inquiry.

....The association, for widows of men who have died in active service since the Falklands conflict, aims to prevent other women facing the same bureaucratic struggle for information. It also helps with issues such as how to deal with the return of remains, bereavement counselling and pensions. The War Widows' Association continues to operate alongside this new group.

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