Strength Through Support 

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  Whilst at Princess Marina House (RAFBF) 23rd April -30th April 2012 we were invited to a coffee morning cum brick-a-brack sale in the pavillion held by The Friends of Princess Marina House (RAFBF) whilst there I was approached by the Chairman of The Friends who showed me a picture which they had for sale, this picture was donated by The Friends to our Association, we are so grateful for this and it will take pride of place!!! The Friends of Princess Marina House have given us there full support for our Association and they think that it is a most wonderful idea which is long overdue!!

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Hi John,

Just a quick email to say how good it was to see everyone yesterday and many thanks for the stew and the archery lesson! 

Hope to see you be at Stoll today

Bex

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 Thank you for the archery, lunch, your candour and letting me take part!

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   Hi John 

  Thank you.  It’s always good to hear from you.  Happy Birthday to the VSA. 
  You are  obviously making a real difference.  Look after yourself. 
  Kind regards
  Theresa

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 Great work John - keep it going. Look forward to seeing you again during 2017. Dave.

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  Kitty said it was the best day ever and she can't wait to come back. Thank you for being so patient with her

 but i will blame you if she asks for a long bow for her birthday. You have done an amazing job over the past

12 months so really well done Lorna.

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scouts were very interested. A couple of parents came to me and told me their boys were most interested and one said her son was still on about it 2 or 3 days later.

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  Thanks for the supportive words yesterday had a better day and after letting the trainers know about my old     mate. I felt much better. Thank you brother!

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 Thank you for your time and effort and just listening has really helped when there was no one else because PTSD doesn't work 09.00 to 5.00 thanks. Gary

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John - just passing along the thanks of a veteran who you signposted to Vulnerable Veterans last month.

He was very pleased to report that the issues he was struggling with have been reduced and that he knows he will get ongoing support from us and you.

Thanks for the referral and enjoy the knowledge you’ve helped another good guy.

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Morning John - congratulations on another great year serving the Veterans Community near and far. Great job. We are trying to follow your lead at Vulnerable Veterans

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Thanks to you John for introducing us to Archery Mike, Hamish, Neil and Myself have had a great evening practicing Val.

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Hi John BIG, Huge THANKS you are the one that got me interested and involved in Archery and now I'm proud to tell you both Mike and myself are licensed qualified GB Archery instructors Val.

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John we will be back next year to defend our trophy, really enjoyed the day , thanks to you all for a great day Mark.

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john it is great to here from you keep the power you do a great job i wish there more people like you in the world stay safe my brother.

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 John this site seems to have a positive effect on people. I read a lot of the comments on here & they certainly change my mood when needed.
The fact that this site is here in the first place is a testament that people (who may not fully understand why) are willing, not only to listen, but certainly do not judge. I fully respect one & all of you guys & thank you for being the people you are

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John love your good mornings buddy, starts my day off....Ian                                                                                                                                                        ------------------ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  

Matthew Cook Awesome to meet you John Joyce, its a genuine honour to be working on the song for you, you’re a one of a kind guy!---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Nick Allwood I think this is one of the best groups no one upsets any one it’s great every one just gets on

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Yes Alan ,it is fun I was a regular visitor on a Tuesday, I haven't been for a while, miss the company and the chat john is doing a great job.

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 The drop in yesterday was once again wonderful. It seems that every time I attend, I meet new people that are on my wavelength. I look forward to going there as we all understand each other, in a funny way. So if you live reasonably close , pop in and you will definitely gain. God bless

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 Val thanks for a Lovely relaxed day John (better than councilling anytime) thank you for all your hard work.     -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Morning John and all members. I have had PTSD since 1976 and have never had 'treatment.. If you have it and need help getting by, please call John and he will help you get through your day. God bless.

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John, when you shook my hand over the table at tedworth I knew you were a genuine gentleman. Proud to call you a friend Matt.

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    Hamish my brother here if you need me

John a big thank you from a very old Sapper.you have my REspect.Philip Wood(Pip).RE.

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Hi John,
Thanks for this, much appreciated.
I'd like to say a big thank you for making the whole network happen.
I remain a bit on the sideline but find comfort in all the messages and re-assurance you are a star!
All the best Matt.

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Anthony Davies Morning John. Think you are doing amazing work with the group. Wish you well. Living in the north above the Watford Gap, (Birmingham), just a little too far to drop in, but want to congratulate you on your achievement.

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just got round to saying Thanks, a good few hours Tuesday morning injoyed the dinner and company will pop down again, just to get me out and away from playing WOTS

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Ronnie,

❤️❤️❤️ Our pleasure John Joyce..Hugely humbled by all you do at Veterans Support Association x

 

Matthew Cook   It was a pleasure and an honour to write and record for you John, you’re an inspiration.

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Alan

A brilliant day must get some windowless for the scopes so graham can see proper scores

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Valerie,

Thank you for coming John always a great fun day

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Laurence,

  John you are an inspiration to us all, thank you for your kind words.

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My first ever visit and had a great time with everyone, thank you John Joyce and all the lads.

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Nick Mercer Well done John Joyce
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  I would like to thank brother John and all V.S.A. Brothers me and Anne had a great day  thank you.

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Just want to say thank you for today and making jemima's day as it was her first time you guys got her hooked for life she absolutely loved it thank you from me and jemima

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  Thank you all I enjoyed it a lot.
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 Good morning John and all other family members. Another day spent with other members of our group. It was yet another great day with loads of fun, banter and hood shooting. Have a lovely day today, enjoy the good weather and make fond memories to cherish. God bless.
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Chris 

It's great to know there's people out there to help like you John,keep up the good work brother.

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Thank you John for helping me and Anne to get a flat with Stoll.
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Jason.

Thank you everybody for a great day today ..hopefully see you all again soon.

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Had another great 5 odd hours at the Veterans Support Association drop in today, shot some better arrows and a nice brunch. Thanks as always to everyone especially John Joyce who puts his heart and sole into a great group.

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Thanks goes to YOU and my fellow brothers at Veterans Support Association and Stoll for showing me that you can enjoy Archery 🏹 however late in life you start

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I only started Archery 🏹 on the 12th February this year with much thanks to John Joyce and Peter Rowledge, two ex Veterans who I bumped into at Christmas time when they were collecting on behalf of Veterans Support Association, they signed me up there and then and credit to my Nicky, she kept nagging me to go along to a Veterans drop in day and even if they are mainly ex Green Jackets (😉) they are a dam good bunch of lads and straight away after 30 years of leaving the Army, the squadie banter and sense of humour was back with a Big Bang and I bloody love it.
Having all the gear won’t make me an expert Archer but with more practice I hope to be able to hold my own and continue to improve.
To close a big thank you to all my new VSA & Stoll Veterans, “nosher” is ready to shoot some good arrows ....... LOL

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Well done mate keep up the good work , I’ll try to get to see you sometime soon . Somebody who helps others like you do deserves a drink or two . Your SappER namesake John

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It was requested so here it is! “VSA DOES BENNY HILL”
A 2 minute fun video of our arrows today. Really can’t express how I value these days. We all have our issues and this one day a week (2 this week) is my respite and a chance for me to “unwind and let bloody rip”. I will always be grateful for bumping into
John Joyce and Peter Rowledge Christmas 2018 outside Waitrose in Hersham. That chance meeting has bought me so many happy times and I have made some great new friends that I am proud to call brothers. Enjoy ....

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Afternoon John Thanks for the natter last night it did me a lot of good thanks for being there mate Barry.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Chris  Morning John and all troops,hope you all have a cracking day,and a big thanks to John and his crew for doing a fantastic job,S & B. 👍 🇬🇧.
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We will catch up as and when ... must go for now and with renewed thanks for all that you do.... as ever steve

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Robert good morning john and all the rest of the mainwaring platoon,good fun yesterday at fulham,forget your woes for a few hours,have fun and actually learn something and progress,we are family.
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Michael.  Morning people the start of year 53 for me and the mrs its a warm sunny day and I am going to enjoy it John this is a great site for us old ones keep up the good work guys.
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Many thanks John,
What a fabulous job you do, so impressed.  Nice to
see you recently.  Will try to get to one of your meetings.
You take care,
Annie x

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Hamish  same for you John you are and have and always will be an inspiration to the veteran community.
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 Thanks for all of the work that you do for others mate.God bless you and yours John.

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Thank you very much for a lovely day Louise.

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good morning john thank you for all that you do.
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Chris  John Joyce great john think I have turn a corner thanks to you in the team
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Sean RN Glad to be part of such an important group.
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John to you and the team. Big pat on the back m8.

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Rod,   Thanks John, good to know you are all there.
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John

Would you please pass on my personal ‘thank you’ to those who attended the Remembrance Service at All Saints yesterday. I really appreciated you all being there. Several people saw me and said how much it meant to see veterans at the service. You made is special for us all. I am hoping that you all enjoyed (perhaps the wrong word) the service too and I am hopeful that it has raised the profile of your excellent and worthwhile organisation. All the very best…and a smile and cuddle! Tannia

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Richard 
John Great day as always. So glad we found you.
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Had a blast! You’re an awesome bunch, thank you John Joyce and the vsa for having us!

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