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Evening Lecture with Bob Kemp ‘The Veteran’s Dream’

05/09/2022 6.30pm

Published By royalscotsclub on 19/07/2022

Monday 5th September, 6.30pm, Free to attend

Available in person at the Club or online via Zoom. If choosing zoom then a link will be sent to you a few days before.

Veterans’ Housing Scotland has been around for over 100 years. This charity provides adapted homes for disabled military veterans. Bob will trace the progress of this charity from the early and dark days of World War One to the present day. He will describe how the charity is focussed on supporting disabled veterans in communities within communities and how this support works in close harmony with other service charities across Scotland.

From those returning, injured and dejected, from the Battle of the Somme in 1916 to the men and women who returned from the Falklands Campaign and later battles with life changing injuries both physical and mental, Veterans’ Housing Scotland has been there to meet the ‘Veteran’s Dream’ of an affordable home in a quiet and pleasant location. It now provides over 650 such homes across Scotland.

Bob was born on the west coast of Scotland and educated at Paisley Grammar School. He joined the Royal Air Force straight from school and flew a variety of fast jet aircraft in the maritime and overland attack roles. He commanded the Royal Air Force Peace Keeping Force in the Lebanon leading to his award of the Wilkinson Sword of Peace. He was a main Board member of Erskine Hospital with particular responsibility for ‘Finance and Performance’ and is a recently retired Trustee of Haig Housing. Following regular air force service, he joined a large high technology engineering company in Edinburgh and progressed from Marketing Executive to Director of Media and Communications. Commissioned into the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, he rose to become Inspector of the Force and ‘Aide de Camp’ to Her Majesty The Queen, a post he held for seven years and for which he was decorated as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He was appointed as Director Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and has been involved with the Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association, now renamed Veterans Housing Scotland, for many years. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh and the Life President of 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron Association, Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

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