Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, is dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the loss of use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight. We support these men and women in their communities throughout the UK and overseas. We work tirelessly for our Members when the conflicts that have affected their lives are no longer a focal point in the nation’s media. Since 1932, we have been the only national Service charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives. Our Members range from the youngest amputee veterans to those who fought in WWII, some having lived with limb loss for more than half a century. Modern medicine transforms the physical injury, but it is a complicated process to treat the emotional trauma and related lifelong health problems. Blesma provides a network where Members not only enjoy support from our professional Welfare Team, but where they have the opportunity to engage with others who have similar injuries and backgrounds to themselves, building an important fellowship with each other to overcome everyday battles.
Twenty one Blesma Members were selected to compete for the UK team at the 2018 Invictus Games, which was held in Sydney, Australia in October all supported by the charity. Not only this, Blesma was able to offer the families the opportunity to go and watch their loves ones complete.
It is important to remember that is it not only physical rehab that contributes to a persons rehabilitation. It's the support of loved ones that helps them regain their lives and independence.