Heroes lend a helping hand to animal home

The veterans visited RSPCA Danaher Animal Home

The veterans visited RSPCA Danaher Animal Home

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Heroes lent a helping hand at the RSPCA Danaher Animal Home.

Staff at the Animal Home, in Hedingham Road, Wethersfield, were delighted to receive help from the residents and staff from the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre at Chavasse VC House, a purpose built recovery centre, in Colchester.

The six veterans, who painted rooms, laid new paths, sorted donations and assembled dog beds, visited the home as part of a Pathfinder course, a week-long experience designed for wounded and long term sick veterans to help them with the transition back into the civilian world.

Simon Taylor, a former rifleman, said: “It was great to be able to put our skills to good use; just knowing the animals would directly benefit from our work today means a lot.

“This experience was exactly what the lads needed, it gave us a break from the norm and we’re grateful to Chavasse VC House for allowing us the opportunity to give something back following the amazing support they have given us.”

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9:34pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

I do object to the wrong use of 'heroes'; sure those involved were people who got damaged doing a job they volunteered for . They were well paid and had compensation.

A physical hero is one who gets a medal.

A person who is damaged doing the job they volunteered frankly isn't a hero...
I do object to the wrong use of 'heroes'; sure those involved were people who got damaged doing a job they volunteered for . They were well paid and had compensation. A physical hero is one who gets a medal. A person who is damaged doing the job they volunteered frankly isn't a hero... Jack222
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10:35pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Caddy2735 says...

Well done to everybody involved. Thank goodness for people like you.
Well done to everybody involved. Thank goodness for people like you. Caddy2735
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2:17am Tue 18 Feb 14

Fidget0610 says...

Jack222 wrote:
I do object to the wrong use of 'heroes'; sure those involved were people who got damaged doing a job they volunteered for . They were well paid and had compensation.

A physical hero is one who gets a medal.

A person who is damaged doing the job they volunteered frankly isn't a hero...
They may have volunteered to go and fight for this country and may have got wounded in the process but we should be thankful to them for doing it! They are all more of a hero that you'll ever be! Yeah so they don't have medals for anything but their lives changed all to protect us!
Well done to everybody involved, such a remarkable job you've done :)
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: I do object to the wrong use of 'heroes'; sure those involved were people who got damaged doing a job they volunteered for . They were well paid and had compensation. A physical hero is one who gets a medal. A person who is damaged doing the job they volunteered frankly isn't a hero...[/p][/quote]They may have volunteered to go and fight for this country and may have got wounded in the process but we should be thankful to them for doing it! They are all more of a hero that you'll ever be! Yeah so they don't have medals for anything but their lives changed all to protect us! Well done to everybody involved, such a remarkable job you've done :) Fidget0610
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7:51am Tue 18 Feb 14

Bhudeeka says...

well said caddy2735 and Fidget0610 I also congratulate all those involved
well said caddy2735 and Fidget0610 I also congratulate all those involved Bhudeeka
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9:58am Tue 18 Feb 14

keith_l says...

Fidget0610 wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
I do object to the wrong use of 'heroes'; sure those involved were people who got damaged doing a job they volunteered for . They were well paid and had compensation.

A physical hero is one who gets a medal.

A person who is damaged doing the job they volunteered frankly isn't a hero...
They may have volunteered to go and fight for this country and may have got wounded in the process but we should be thankful to them for doing it! They are all more of a hero that you'll ever be! Yeah so they don't have medals for anything but their lives changed all to protect us!
Well done to everybody involved, such a remarkable job you've done :)
The vast majority of them WILL have medals - the home is for wounded and sick ex-servicemen and women. As a minimum they will have the "campaingn medals" for whichever conflicts they were part of. Additionally, those who carried out acts of bravery "above and beyond" (which could have led to their injuries) will also have relevant medals.

I object to the need for charities like "Help for Heroes". I think that the MoD budget should include whatever support is needed for our ex-servicemen. This would be a good use of our taxes - certainly more palatable than bailing out the banks and probably a lot cheaper.
[quote][p][bold]Fidget0610[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: I do object to the wrong use of 'heroes'; sure those involved were people who got damaged doing a job they volunteered for . They were well paid and had compensation. A physical hero is one who gets a medal. A person who is damaged doing the job they volunteered frankly isn't a hero...[/p][/quote]They may have volunteered to go and fight for this country and may have got wounded in the process but we should be thankful to them for doing it! They are all more of a hero that you'll ever be! Yeah so they don't have medals for anything but their lives changed all to protect us! Well done to everybody involved, such a remarkable job you've done :)[/p][/quote]The vast majority of them WILL have medals - the home is for wounded and sick ex-servicemen and women. As a minimum they will have the "campaingn medals" for whichever conflicts they were part of. Additionally, those who carried out acts of bravery "above and beyond" (which could have led to their injuries) will also have relevant medals. I object to the need for charities like "Help for Heroes". I think that the MoD budget should include whatever support is needed for our ex-servicemen. This would be a good use of our taxes - certainly more palatable than bailing out the banks and probably a lot cheaper. keith_l
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