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Veterans young and old swap military stories at Solihull care home

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RAF veterans Jill and Ralph talking about their military experiences

Different generations of veterans came together to discuss their time in the military during a special reminiscence session at Royal Star & Garter.


Four staff members at the Solihull Home who have served in the Armed Forces chatted to residents and shared photos and stories of their time in service.


The Home provides loving, compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia.

Jill was a dog handler in the RAF before working as a physiotherapist at Royal Star & Garter in Solihull

Army veterans Alex Ferguson and Carmen Asemani, Navy veteran Kevin Dempsey and RAF veteran Jill Nussbaum who all work at the Tudor Coppice care home, swapped military tales and anecdotes with residents.


It was part of string of activities which took place at the Home to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday 26 June.


Jill, physiotherapist at the Home, served in the RAF between 1982-1985 as a dog handler. She said: “It is a privilege to work in a Home dedicated to supporting ex-service personnel. Armed Forces Day celebrations mean so much to me having been in the RAF myself.  It was such a fantastic morning, hearing about some of our residents’ experiences. They have lived extraordinary lives and it’s an honour to hear their remarkable stories.”

Kevin during his Navy days, and now at Royal Star & Garter

Army wife and Solihull resident Joyce said: “The group was smashing, very interesting and a lovely way to get to know people and hear about what they used to do.”


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Residents and staff taking part in the session
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