Table 1

Support services for families of wounded, injured or sick (WIS) personnel provided in the UK

Government-led initiatives
 Defence Recovery Capability (DRC)A Ministry of Defence (MoD)-led initiative launched in February 2010, in partnership with Help for Heroes and Royal British Legion (RBL), to ensure that all WIS Service personnel receive well-coordinated support and help to either return to duty or to make a successful transition into civilian life. Each of the single Services implements a modified recovery pathway, coordinated by the DRC, which is tailored to the requirements of each WIS person and their families
 Veterans UK and the Veterans Welfare ServiceA MoD initiative which provides support to enable transition from Service to civilian life, assist bereaved families or respond to life events that present welfare needs
Third sector organisations providing multiple services for families of WIS personnel
 Help for Heroes*Tri-Service organisation providing several interventions for families of WIS personnel, including funding interventions, support groups, respite care, family accommodation at rehabilitative facilities and psychoeducation
 Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen's Families Association*Tri-Service organisation providing support for families of WIS personnel, including support groups and networks, grants for adaptations and health and social care
 RBL*Tri-Service organisation providing financial support to veterans, Service personnel and their families and a founding partner of the DRC
Family Federations
 Naval Families Federation*Each Family Federation provides:
  • Advocacy

  • Lobbying

  • Signposting

  • Confidential guidance

 Army Families Federation*
 Royal Air Force Families Federation*
Financial assistance and grant making
 Army Benevolent Fund—The Soldier's Charity*Supports Army Regiments, Corps, veterans, their families and relevant organisations by way of financial grants
Social support groups, psychoeducation and counselling
 The Ripple PondVolunteer-led organisation offering a network of local self-help support groups for adult relatives of WIS personnel
 The Warrior Programme*Offers 3-day residential training sessions for relatives, dependants or carers of WIS personnel
Support received via services for WIS personnel
 Defence Medical Welfare Service*Provides 24 h welfare support to families of WIS personnel who are receiving care at military hospitals, recovery centres and field hospitals
Combat Stress*Offers a ‘Partners’ Day’ and a series of psychoeducational groups via WIS personnel
 British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association*Indirect signposting and support to family members; family contact is made via the WIS personnel
  • *Organisation is registered with the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo).