Soldiers Off The Street Registered England/Wales Charity No. 1137594.
Soldiers Off The Street Registered Scotland Charity No. SC042204.
Ex service personnel should never end up living on the streets of Britain. If you agree with us please help!
S.O.T.S have no affiliation with any political party whatsoever
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Welcome to the soldiers off the street web site, we are a Registered Charity with a dedicated group of people determined to help the forgotten ex service personnel whose lives have been affected by homelessness.
We all think they deserve better after going through the traumatic experience of war in far off lands, what they have been through for the country they love, to be forgotten and homelessness is a national disgrace. That we intend to put right for as many as we can!
The charity's objects (the Objects) are the relief of charitable need of homeless ex-service personnel, in particular but not exclusively by the provision of clothing, food and rehabilitation, including advice on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, alcoholism, drug abuse, housing and employment.
Here is a short video you should see it was what made us start: The soldiers off the streets charity. Ex-forces and homeless.
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then please send cheques or postal orders made payable to Soldiers off the street and send to:
A gentle reminder to keep your life in perspective.
When you meet one of our returning Soldiers.
Please remember what they've been through and show them.
Compassion and Tolerance!
The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, just old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He has never collected unemployment either.
He's a recent Comprehensive School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away.
He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.
He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.
He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.
He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient.
He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.
He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.
If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.
He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.
He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.
He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.
He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.
He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.
He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.
In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.
Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great- grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the BRITISH Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.
He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding.
Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.
And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.
When you read this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan, sailors on ships, and airmen in the air, and for those in Iraq.
Of all the gifts you could give a British Soldier, Sailor, or Airman, A prayer is the very best one.
The question we should all ask ourselves; how many of these young men and women that can hold their heads up high with pride, with us sharing their pride with them, will end up homeless on the streets where most people would not even give them the time of day.
Luckily there is not many of them compared to the number of ex serves personal, but we feel one is one too many, we intend to do the best we can with your help to help those in need. They did their best for us now it is our turn to do our best for them.
If you are an ex service personnel when you see an homeless person, think to yourself not there is a tramp, but he or she could be ex service personnel the same as you and there by the grace of god go I.