A new Watford-based breakfast club for armed forces veterans (and those serving) has had a successful launch party.
Attended by over 30 people, including soldiers, airmen, local councillors and Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, the meeting was the official launch of the group despite two earlier get-togethers.
Provided with a low-priced breakfast buffet from Aldenham’s Toby Carvery, veterans across the British Army and Royal Air Force (RAF) of all ages ate well, swapped stories and shared a few laughs.
Set up by Liz Burns, who also runs the Veterans Support Group in Abbots Langley and is the Chair of vets’ mental health charity Minds at War, says that all veterans and serving members of the armed forces are welcome to the event, which will take place on the first and third Saturday of every month.
But what makes this different, according to Liz, is that it also encourages war widows and children of vets to attend. Talking about the planned monthly breakfasts, she said: “Things like this are their network.”
One such attendee was 94-year-old Doreen, who has spent the last seventy years of her life working hard as a poppy collector for the Royal British Legion.
At the end of the breakfast, several speeches were given, by local councillors Bilques Mathoor, Rabindranath Martins and Veterans Champion Bill Stanton, speaking about the importance of supporting those who are ex-armed forces.
Liz and Minds at War founder Norman Mcguigan also spoke about their experiences as supporters of veterans and the issues presented to them in modern Britain.
To find out more about the events, visit the ‘Veterans Support Group Abbots Langley’ Facebook group or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.