Who We Are Who We Are WHAT DO WE DO? Hire a Hero supports Service Leavers and Veterans to make the successful transition into civilian life. HOW DO WE DO IT? Trained Hire a Hero staff, Career Coaches and volunteers working with Service Leavers and Veterans to help them make the right choices through the transition period. WHY? Because on leaving the armed services;91% of the public believe those who have served have been mentally, emotionally or physically damaged;92% of Service Leavers leave in good health;48% of Early Service Leavers are unemployed six months after leaving;58% of service personnel believe that most employers don’t understand them and won’t give them a chance;Only 8% of Service leavers are medically discharged. A network of like-minded businesses and partner organisations who want to make a positive difference to those who have served. BACKGROUND The concept of Hire a Hero has been around for some time, however, it lacked clear direction and support in order to take the original idea forward and turn it into the charity it is today. With the involvement of Gerry Hill and a few like-minded individuals, charity status was sought and granted for Hire a Hero and the journey began. The knowledge and experience Gerry had gained during his 45 years of military service, particularly in the latter years, enabled him to recognise the value of appropriate welfare support for the men and women of our Armed Forces and the problems they encounter on leaving the services. The original idea saw Hire a Hero concentrating only on employment; however, it was clear that the problems faced by individuals leaving the forces were great and more numerous than had originally been anticipated. They broadened the remit of Hire a Hero to cover training, housing, and care plans as well as employment for past, present and future service leavers. An ever-increasing network of supporters who had an understanding of these situations was put together to help run the charity.