Colonel Hugh Bodington LVO, MBE, MBA, PSC.
Chief of Staff at Headquarters London District & Headquarters Household Division
Colonel Hugh Bodington has been deployed on a number of operations during his service in the Welsh Guards: the Falklands Conflict, Northern Ireland, Angola, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He led a leg of the Walk on Wales and was struck by the success that it achieved in bringing many people out of the woodwork to share their experiences.
After the conclusion of the walk I was also struck along with others of the definite need in Wales for a pro-active Welsh service veterans charity. I’m glad to say that I was approached and asked to be Chair of the Board of Trustees, and most pleased to do so.
The consensus of perception at the end of the Walk was that there is not as much care for veterans in Wales as there is in other parts of the country. This is the genesis of the Welsh Veterans Partnership. There is much being done by many for the few that need help but the few do not necessarily know that and our communication, coordination and in certain areas provision needs to be improved.
So that is what we shall strive to do in partnership with anyone who cares for the veterans of Wales.
They deserve the best.