TURN TO STAR­BOARD

Cornwall Life - - CHRISTMAS IN CORNWALL -

While many of our Armed Forces vet­er­ans man­age the tran­si­tion back to civil­ian life seam­lessly, some can find it highly chal­leng­ing. After serv­ing for their coun­try, many vet­er­ans re­turn home with phys­i­cal or men­tal health in­juries. This can mean a dif­fi­cult process to find a ‘nor­mal’ job and be­ing able to pay for life’s es­sen­tials.

Turn to Star­board uses sail train­ing to sup­port Armed Forces per­son­nel af­fected by mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions to help start new ca­reers in the ma­rine in­dus­try. Launched in 2014, the Fal­mouth-based char­ity has pro­vided more than 1,900 sail­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­jured vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies so far with many go­ing on to gain valu­able Royal Yacht­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (RYA) sail­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

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