Funding blast injury research
The Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London is the first collaboration of its kind in the UK, where civilian engineers and scientists work alongside military doctors, supported by charitable funding, to reduce the effects of roadside bombs or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) - the leading cause of death and injury for Service personnel on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The new Centre aims to increase understanding about blast injury patterns, improve treatments and recovery and develop better ways of protecting those serving in current and future conflicts, reducing the long-term impacts of such injuries on individuals, their families and the community. Find out more.
MediCinema at Headley Court
The Royal British Legion has partnered with MediCinema to open a new state-of-the-art cinema and entertainment centre for injured Service personnel at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), Headley Court.
The 50-seat cinema complex shows Hollywood blockbusters and films on current release three or four times a week. Find out more
Recovery through theatre
Our 2011/12 partnership with the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass and the performance of 'The Two Worlds of Charlie F' by Bravo 22 Company, was a great success.
Designed to help recovering Service personnel adapt to new lives, the Legion has extended the programme to include the wider Armed Forces family and after a successful pilot in Buckinghamshire, is now operating in Plymouth. Find out more.
Korean post-graduate scholarship
The Legion has been administering a scholarship scheme in association with Samsung and the British Korean Veterans Association since 1995. The Scholarship was established in memory of those who gave their lives during the Korean War and each year pays for a graduate to undertake post-graduate studies in Korea. Find out more >>>
Get MoneyFit with MoneyForce
The focal point of the programme is the MoneyForce website www.moneyforce.org.uk, created by the Legion working in collaboration with the MOD with funding from Standard Life Charitable Trust.
Covering all aspects of personal finance, the MoneyForce website and associated training programme encourages Service personnel to get 'MoneyFit' by taking control of their own finances. Visit www.moneyforce.org.uk to find out more.
Admiral Nurses Dementia Care
The Legion has partnered with Dementia UK to provide a nursing service to support those with dementia and their carers. The focus of the service is to give dementia patients a better quality of life, and for carers and families to get the practical support and advice they need.
The Legion is working with Admiral Nurses who have the experience to facilitate the initiative every step of the way. Now operating in Lancashire and the West Midlands, a nationwide roll out is planned.
Legion beneficiaries can be either the person with dementia or the carer. More information is available from our free online help service or by calling our helpline on 0808 802 8080.
The advice and support that my nurse has provided to the family has helped me care for Albert at home, which is something I wanted to do.
Evelyn Haslam (click here for Evelyn's story)
Help us get them fighting fit
Working in partnership with the Ministry of Defence and Help for Heroes we are spending £30 million to provide and operate the Battle Back Centre, an adaptive sports and outdoor facility based in Lilleshall in the West Midlands.
And a further £20 million is going towards the 10 year operating costs of four Personnel Recovery Centres (PRC) in the UK - in Catterick, Colchester, Edinburgh and Tidworth - and an additional facility in Germany.
These facilities will support our brave Service men and women returning from conflicts in Afghanistan and around the world, by helping them regain their physical and mental fitness. For those now facing life with serious physical and psychological issues, these facilities will help them recover and retrain for either a return to duty or a seamless transition to civilian life.