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THE other week many ex-service personnel, veterans and their dependents may have heard a Radio 4 programme titled Report, covering the restructuring of the Royal British Legion and their policies for the future.

Its content could have lead to concerns about the availability of RBL support when times get hard.

I would like to reassure serving, ex-service (including reserve service), Merchant Navy and RNLI personnel and their dependants in Hastings, Bexhill and surrounding areas, that our organisation, SSAFA Forces Help (often working with the RBL) remains very active in Hastings and Rother and will be available to those in need, at any time, on 01424 736836 (occasional answerphone).

Our small, dedicated team of volunteers handle more than 170 cases annually in this area, dealing with a wide range of problems.

Our activity is directed at acquiring resources and assisting to improve quality of life, stability, and in some cases dignity. All cases are treated in strict confidence and to qualify for help a client or their spouse has only to have served one paid day in any of the services mentioned.

It may be of interest to note that SSAFA has been active in Hastings since 1886, when it help soldiers returning from the Anglo-Egyptian wars.

BERNARD STONESTREET

Divisional Secretary

Hastings SSAFA