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When I meet people and talk to them about the work of The Royal British Legion, I am sometimes struck by the fact that many feel they don’t always have a clear idea of the role of today’s Armed Forces community.

Maybe you’ve encountered this yourself. In fact, in a recent study carried out by YouGov for The Royal British Legion, 69% of people said they knew little or very little about what the Armed Forces do on a day-to-day basis, despite 80% agreeing that serving personnel make a valuable contribution to society.

We’re looking to change this. We know that understanding is important for support, which is why we want to make sure everyone in the UK knows what the Armed Forces does, and why the Armed Forces community is so deserving of your support. We are raising awareness so that people understand the huge contribution our Armed Forces community make to everyday lives, including mobilising during natural disasters, terrorist attacks, humanitarian and environmental crises and as a peacekeeping force around the world.

Did you know:

There are more than 2,700 regular and reserve medical personnel currently working in the NHS. Only 33% of the YouGov responders knew about this. Find out more.

In the past three years, 236 civilians have been rescued by the RAF Mountain Rescue Service. Check out the video above, or visit our website to find out more.

The Armed Forces community is vital to our everyday lives, and they are there whenever, and wherever we need them. Please help us to be there when they need us. Please donate to The Royal British Legion today to help us to provide services and support to our Armed Forces community. Whatever you’re able to give we are very grateful for.

Another fantastic way to show your support, is to consider becoming a member of The Royal British Legion. Anyone can become a member, and you can find out more about joining this committed community of more than 225,000 people who care about British Armed Forces personnel on our website.

You could also help by joining our campaign to Stop the Service Charge. Currently, when Commonwealth personnel leave the UK Armed Forces and wish to apply to continue to live in the country they have served for years, they face fees of up to £10,000 (for a family of four) to do so, despite their years of sacrifice and service on behalf of our nation. This has to end. Help us to help them by writing a letter to your MP today.

Thank you so much as ever for supporting the work of The Royal British Legion, and for spreading the word about the amazing contributions of the men and women we help,

Guy Upward - Assistant Director of Fundraising: Individual Giving

Please donate now to support our Armed Forces community. Your donation could help us support wounded, sick and injured personnel in their recovery at our Battleback centre; or help us provide specialist compensation and financial advice to veterans.

‘Stop the Service Charge’ Campaign

We have recently launched our campaign urging the UK government to scrap the unfair visa costs for Commonwealth veterans, and we hope you will join our call, and contact your MP about this issue.

After they leave the Armed Forces, many Commonwealth veterans are able to apply to stay in the UK. Since the government introduced visa fees in 2003, the cost of applying has soared by an astonishing 1,441%. If a veteran cannot pay these fees, they face deportation, even after years of dedication and service to this country.

This is unacceptable to us at the Legion, and to our supporters. We believe this is no way to thank these veterans for their service. Please support these brave men and women.

Become a Legion Member

Become a member of the Legion family today and take pride in supporting all generations of the Armed Forces community.

Membership starts from only £17 a year and is open to everyone. Join us today, and in return you'll be the first to hear the latest news, events and stories from inside the charity through your regular members' Legion magazine and e-newsletter.

As a token of thanks, we give our members priority access to tickets for the Festival of Remembrance, as well as a 15% discount code when buying products from the Poppy Shop, and 5% discount on Remembrance Travel tours.

Historic D-Day Anniversary Seine Cruise with Dan Snow

In June, the Legion will be marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings with a special five-day river cruise on the Seine. As Legion supporters, you are invited to join historian Dan Snow, for this historic cruise – a once-in-a-lifetime event that is sure to be as informative as it is memorable.

The cruise will set off from Paris on June 3rd, then make its way along the Seine towards the shores of Normandy. Relaxing in the comfort of the MS Seine Princess, you will pass through beautiful French countryside and quaint riverside towns that shaped the course of the Second World War, as you listen to Dan Snow reflect on what was the first step on the road to Victory in the West. In Normandy, you will attend the exclusive D-Day anniversary commemorations, along with dignitaries and representatives from the Allied nations and surviving D-Day veterans.

To find out about the itinerary in more detail, and to book your place on board, please visit the River Cruise Line website, or contact the River Cruise Line on 01858 438330.

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CONTACT US - The Royal British Legion, 199 Borough High St London SE1 1AA.

0345 845 1945

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The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading Service charity. We provide practical care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.

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