Exit Wounds


In this report, members of the veteran LGBTQ+ community share their lived experiences of life before, during and after service in the UK military.


Forward Assist is a registered charity based in the North East of England. The charity offers practical support and guidance to former service personnel of all ages as they adapt and adjust to civilian life. Forward Assist promote the concept of ‘service to others’ and encourage involvement in healthy activities that help reduce social isolation and loneliness. The team provide proactive outreach to those in need and facilitate active engagement in ‘community benefit’ projects that help connect individuals to the wider community. The charity offers gender specific services which include both virtual and face to face contact with a qualified trauma informed therapist as well as information advice and guidance via online group sessions. We have a dedicated LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Co-Ordinator and Veterans Family worker. All our service users can access, life coaching, employment advice, vocational skills training and volunteering opportunities. Forward Assist has five full-time staff, two part-time and 30 active volunteers, all of whom bring a wealth of experience to the team.

Full Reference

Wright, T. and Honor, S., 2022. Exit Wounds. Report prepared for Forward Assist.