The UK Veterans Hearing Foundation evolved from funding being made available in the last three years for veterans with hearing problems. As one of the first organisations to get involved with the dispersing of the fund we learnt a lot about what we wanted to achieve as a charity.
Our strengths and knowledge in hearing and tinnitus were paramount to offer support to UK veterans, but we also knew that mental health issues were interlinked with the tinnitus and we wanted to help with this too.
But our biggest reason for this charity is that we didn’t feel that anyone should make a profit out of Veterans who have served our country potentially risking their lives and protecting civilians in doing so. We want to give something positive back to any veteran who has suffered through their service with their hearing to change their life, improve their outcomes, be the difference to their home life, social life or working environment.
We want to make the funding we find go further, and help more veterans but also create a working protocol with measured outcomes so that we could confirm positive results, create statistics for research purposes that may change the way services operate for the benefit of service people still employed in the Armed Forces.