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National Lottery grant for war veteran charity

13/8/2012
A war veterans’ charity has received substantial funding from the National Lottery.

Veterans At Ease has been given a £380,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to help it expand its services, which include helping former armed forces members deal with post dramatic stress disorder.

The money will see the County Durham charity employ more specialist therapists, allowing it to work with 200 servicemen and their families.

The organisation has already helped 33 servicemen since its creation in 2010 by former Falklands and Bosnia veteran Garreth Murrell.

Murrell said: "We specialise in a therapy called Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and is something that doesn't require the veteran to relive any combat experience.

"It helps remove negative emotional attachment to what would in the past have caused the veteran to behave in an unacceptable way.”

Big Lottery Fund spokesman for the North East, James Turner, added: "Our funding will help former servicemen cope with combat stress related issues so they can maintain lasting relationships, enjoy a stable family life, secure employment and be active in the community."
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