This LAD Is Walking From Glasgow To London To Help Struggling Soldiers

Almost 13,000 former soldiers who served in the British Army are now homeless, a Sunday People investigation found earlier this year.

A high proportion of those returned servicemen and women suffered post traumatic stress disorder as well as other mental health issues.

This problem is prevalent around the world, with many other communities and governments struggling to work out how to help these people who put their lives in danger for the safety of their country.

One LAD is hoping to raise awareness for their plight by undertaking a huge walk from Glasgow to London.

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Lewis McInnes, who's currently preparing himself for his application to the armed forces, tells LADbible: "I wanted to put my training to good use, so I came up with the idea that I wanted to do a massive walk for charity. I discovered people tend to do the West Highland Way in Scotland, but I wanted a bigger challenge."

This is no small feat, with the walk estimated to be roughly 387 iles (622 km), which the Chryston local hopes to complete within two weeks.

He reckons he'll have to be doing about 30 miles every day to complete the challenge in the allotted time.

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Lewis has started a GoFundMe page, to raise some cash for the Help for Heroes charity. They specialise in supporting those returned servicemen and women who are struggling with injuries or illnesses picked up on the battlefield.

He tells LADbible: "I think the government and councils should do more to help them as once they leave the army they face massive personal problems without enough support."

The problems facing soldiers re-entering society have only been getting tougher in recent years. The Sunday People investigation found a whopping 30,000 soldiers losing their jobs since 2010 due to cuts to the armed forces.

The Armed Forces Covenant was signed into law in 2011, which aimed to give veterans priority status in applying for Government-sponsored housing schemes.

And yet, the number of homeless former troops doesn't seem to be getting any better.

The Ministry of Defence told the paper: "We provide extensive help to veterans and their families, including funding the Veterans' Gateway.

"The Government is spending more than £1billion to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping."

Lewis is hoping that his small act of bravery and kindness will encourage others to look favourably upon struggling returned soldiers troops and give them a hand.

Sources: Sunday People

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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