It is with great pleasure that we can announce that the Veterans Foundation have once again supported our project Veterans Expeditions Overland.
In 2018 VIA applied for a grant of £9,700 from the Veterans Foundation to help us fit out our vehicles on our project Veterans Expeditions Overland which were then used to undertake an 7,500 mile overland expedition driving from the UK to Greece and back, passing through 15 different countries with a group of veterans suffering the effects of war.
Unfortunately on the expedition one of the vehicles, CHRISTIE was involved in an accident where the vehicle tumbled from a mountain track in Bosnia rolling 7 times down a hill. Luckily due to the build of the vehicle which was entirely done by veterans the three passengers walked away unscathed.
The vehicle, a Land Rover Discovery 1 wasn’t so lucky and was written off. The VIA Team recovered the vehicle to the UK in December 2018 with the intention of rebuilding CHRISTIE to her former glory.
To enable CHRISTIE to be rebuilt and for the other 3 vehicles to have some more work completed on them another grant application for £15,000 was submitted to the Veterans Foundation which we are pleased to announce was successful and work will begin soon on the vehicles.
Veterans In Action’s Chief Operation Officer Billy MacLeod said: “The support from the Veterans Foundation for this project has been outstanding and we can’t thank them enough. When undertaking a project such as Veterans Expeditions Overland most people focus on the end part which is the expedition but the real work was the 10 months of hard put into building the vehicles and the team of veterans who came together to build them to a high standard.
We learned so much throughout that period of hard work about each other and how by being involved in something so productive can really help overcome any issues that a veteran may have with support from the whole team. It is to easy to focus on the nice bit at the end as in the expedition but the real work was done over the 10 month build process sometimes in freezing cold weather working long hours but with a definitive aim and deadline. Not only did we build vehicles but also relationships and support networks, that was the real value.
All to often when applying for grants you have to devise something new which can mean the successful project that you previously worked on no matter how successful can be left behind. The Veterans Foundation are different whereas they will fund an existing project and this grant enables us to continue with Veterans Expeditions Overland enabling many more veterans to get involved and we cannot thank them enough for the support.
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To find out more about the Veterans Foundation then follow this link https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/