FORCES’s charity Help For Heroes abandoned its top-tier recovery centers in a massive pounding blow to veterans.
All four locations, including the iconic Tedworth House, will only help military service in an emergency deal with MoD.
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The charity is committed to providing lifelong support to veterinarians and their families.
However, its income fell by a third during the pandemic and it forced the layoffs of 90 employees.
The £ 75 million centers in Wiltshire, Yorkshire, Devon and Essex will provide “employee-only core rehabilitation activities” according to leaked documents The Sun has seen.
Help for the hero has previously faced criticism for wasting money on centers – including £ 24m to refurbish the Tedworth House, a stately home in Salisbury Plain, Wilts.
The sources said the MoD was currently trying to figure out how to use the websites they were opposed to building at the time.
The rescue deal would save the charity £ 1 million per year.
It came after the Cabinet Office threatened to cut veterans’ funding by 40%.
Help For Heroes CEO Melanie Waters said the charity will provide all of the same services for veterans “within the community”.
“We are not stopping any of our services, we are just providing them in a different way,” she told The Sun.
“We are still here for the veterans.”
Help and support are still there. It doesn’t matter where it is built
Former Corporal Paul Collings, Ambassador Help For Heroes
The charity has donated Tedworth House for a century for a century of pepper rents.
Critics claim the site has been used regularly.
Former Corporal Paul Collings, Ambassador Help For Heroes, said: “Help and support are still there. It doesn’t matter which building it is done in.
A government spokesperson said veterinarians can get the treatment they need at the NHS.
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It said MoD is still working on “the proper use of rehabilitation centers”.
“Both veterans and service staff will continue to receive the treatment they need, including through the NHS dedicated service to injured veterans,” a spokesman said.
“The needs of veterans over time have shifted to providing support close to home and online rather than in residential settings.”