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Royalty shocked

May 22nd 2009
Project Compass, a charity dedicated to helping ex-forces homeless people find jobs, is a unique partnership between the Ministry of Defence (MoD), accountancy firm KPMG, Business in the Community and the Royal British Legion. Together they have helped nearly 200 ex-servicemen back into employment and independent living. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has pledged his support homeless ex-servicemen after a recent tour of hostels in London. His Royal Highness was reported as saying that he was "truly shocked" when he heard the available statistics (25 per cent?) on the number of ex-serviceman who end up on the streets after fighting for their country. It's not uncommon to find many ex-forces on the streets as a result of long-term combat-related psychological injuries. According to the Government's Rough Sleepers' Unit, ex-servicemen have always been a key contributor to the city's rough sleeper population, though they cannot put an exact number on it. During the two years that Project Compass has being running, it has enabled many people like Sam Boampong, back into work. Sam is an ex-army sergeant who found himself living rough for five months until he was put him in touch with Project Compass: "My work placement was in a city law firm. I found reconnecting with work, with people and with the world a vital and valuable gift."

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