Lead letter: Remembering the Falklands

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This spring marks the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War.

In 1982, the battle to recapture the Falkland Islands cost 255 British lives, including that of Lance Corporal David Scott, who was born and brought up in Winslow.

He was a member of the 3rd Battalion of The Parachute Regiment and was killed in the final stages of the battle.

All remember their comrades who didn’t return and for some the memories have become too painful to endure. It is a tragic fact that more Falklands’ veterans have taken their own lives since the war than died during the conflict itself.

As we remember the bravery of all those who fought in the Falklands, we should also remember that the scars of war can be both physical and mental and often remain long after the conflict is over.

Last year alone the North Bucks Division of the military charity SSAFA – Forces Help assisted well over 50 members of the forces community in the local area, including veterans of all ages as well as their dependants, whether or not their problems have been caused by conflict.

If you, or someone you know, has ever served in the armed forces and is in need, please contact our local office on 01296 712513 who will provide practical, emotional and financial support and always in the strictest confidence.

Edward Pepper, from Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)