This month marks the 10th anniversary of British military operations in the Afghanistan conflict.
The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Force Help Borders branch will be remembering the anniversary and, in particular, the immeasurable sacrifices made by our servicemen, women and their families. Since 2001, many members of our armed forces have given their lives and many more have been seriously injured. But it will be a long time before the full effect of the conflict is known on all those who have taken part. As our soldiers, sailors and airmen return home, some will be carrying physical and mental scars that will last a lifetime. For some, their long-term care will fall to families and friends who will often require support themselves.
In the months and years to come, this branch will be here to help veterans and their families, young and old alike, including those who have served in Afghanistan.
It is important that we remember that the effects of war remain a long time after peace has been declared and that we all owe a debt of gratitude towards all those men and women from Borders towns who have served their nation, regardless of personal sacrifice.
(secretary, Borders branch, SSAFA Forces Help)