Hidden in plain sight - Veteran Frank Simpson vanishes in Salford

Veteran Frank Simpson was painted at the Portico Library in Manchester as part of our #CountThemIn campaign, showing how the Armed Forces community is currently invisible on the UK Census.

Frank, from Salford, joined the Royal Artillery in 1969, and served his country for over 16 years. During this time he completed four tours of Northern Ireland during The Troubles and finished as a Bombardier.

However, when Frank was medically discharged in 1985 he became invisible to the Government, just like 6.5 million members of the Armed Forces community.

Despite an estimated 1 in 10 of the UK population being members of the Armed Forces community, there's very limited information about where they are or what their needs might be. Without information on those who are Serving, veterans and their families, it's hard to provide them the support they deserve.

Together we can change this

The Government’s official statistics body, the Office for National Statistics (ONS), along with their devolved equivalents, are already starting to plan what questions will be in the next UK census.

We have a chance to influence the questions they'll include.  Join our #CountThemIn campaign and write to your local MP and ask them to include questions about Service in the census.