RMA – The Royal Marines Charity is honoured to have been invited to the second Veteran Games and conference, hosted by our partner charity Beit Halochem in Tel Aviv.
RMA – The Royal Marines Charity corporate partner, Patron Capital are proud sponsors of the event where 70 disabled British military veterans and their families (100 including 58 children) went to Israel to participate in three days of swimming, marksmanship and CrossFit-inspired athletics against their Israeli counterparts, with touring in the afternoons.
Our 17 veterans and their families joined a group from the UK totalling 160 and received a fantastic welcome.
The Veterans, all of whom had some form of disability from their military service, pushed themselves to the limit during the games and the atmosphere was unquestionably incredibly welcoming and friendly. “The atmosphere here is electric,” said Leo Docherty, the UK’s parliamentary under-secretary of state for defence people and veterans, who came to Israel for the games.
During the Games, there was a Mental Health Conference led by Sir Simon Wessely, with 20+ leading medical professionals, sharing research and findings regarding mental health, and various current research including treatment and outcomes.
“It was truly special to see how we can all help make a difference. Bringing the greatness of people together to be stronger, especially to honour those who serve and have served.” Keith Breslauer
The Veteran Charities involved included The Not Forgotten Association, RMA – The Royal Marines Charity, RAF Benevolent Fund, Veterans Foundation, Rock2Recovery, Veteran Scotland, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes, & AJEX.