This is a sentiment that will be shared by many who served in the forces. A time Clive looks back on fondly. Joining the RAF in 1964, he was posted to RAF Changi in Singapore and was later posted to RAF Bawtry, where he worked until 1969. He remembers these as the best days of his life.
Undoubtedly it was hard work, and not without sacrifice; but Clive loved the comradeship and friendship bonds he was able to develop. When he left the service, Clive struggled to adjust to life without the forces. By the time he retired, he was living alone and becoming increasingly isolated.
But in 2020 Clive found a friend: the RAF Association. It started during the first lockdown when our volunteers dropped off bags of shopping when he couldn’t get out. Now our Connections for Life service means he receives regular calls from Doug, a fellow RAF veteran, who has bought much needed friendship back into his life. But Clive is one of many who needs our support, over 170,000 people in the RAF community say they suffer with relationship or isolation problems. You could help end their loneliness through our Connections for Life service by paying for a trained volunteer to call a lonely veteran.