Britain's Prince William says the country will always owe a "debt" to war veterans.
They, and others like them, continue their work today, looking after our Servicemen and women, helping them come to terms with what they have experienced, enabling them to get on with their lives in a positive way
The Duke of Cambridge - who is an RAF search and rescue pilot - and his wife Duchess Catherine attended the UK premiere of 'War House' on Sunday (08.01.12) and he says it reinforced how much everyone owes to the people who fought in World War I and World War II.
Speaking at the premiere, William told the audience: "Michael Morpurgo's classic story takes us back to a desperate time in our Island history. The Great War has left an indelible scar on our national consciousness. So many of those Servicemen who survived the carnage of that conflict were changed forever. The sacrifices they and their comrades made are almost too great for us to comprehend - even in this age of wars. Hardly a family in the country went unscathed.
"But from this shared experience was born a general awareness of our veterans, and the debt we owe them. As a direct result, such great groups such as The Royal British Legion and Combat Stress came into being. They, and others like them, continue their work today, looking after our Servicemen and women, helping them come to terms with what they have experienced, enabling them to get on with their lives in a positive way."
William also said how he wanted his and brother Prince Harry's Foundation to help current armed forces and their families.
He continued: "To support this vital process of transition, Catherine, my brother Harry, and I are delighted that our Foundation will be working in partnership with the newly formed Forces in Mind Trust. Together, our aim is to provide a cohesive approach to tackling the many problems that some ex-service personnel and their families experience when making the move back into civilian life. Whether through finding new opportunities in employment, in mentoring and training, or in support to families, it is our intention that no Serviceman or woman - or their dependents - should fear a future out of uniform."
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