Charles helps celebrate anniversary of veterans' charity

Wednesday May 13, 2009

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall spent time meeting with former servicemen who had gathered together to celebrate the hard work of a charity that has helped thousands of military veterans rebuild their lives on Tuesday.

The British heir – whose youngest son Prince Harry served in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008 – and his wife were in the congregation at a service of commemoration, celebration and rededication at Westminster Abbey to mark the 90th anniversary of Combat Stress.

Founded in May 1919 in the aftermath of the First World War, the charity has helped thousands of psychologically-scarred personnel by providing clinical treatment and community outreach services. 

"There are too many people who have served in our Armed Forces…who are nursing hidden wounds today and who have not yet asked for help," Right Rev David Conner – Bishop to the Armed Forces – told the congregation during his address. "There will be many, many more"

Photo: © PA

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