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Jason's story

Jason Crofts joined the Army in 1989, as an infantryman in the Kings Regiment on tour in Northern Ireland.

He became a Physical Training Instructor, setting up and managing training facilities in some of the harshest environments around the world – his 25 years of service took him to Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Jason Crofts

Life after the Army

When he eventually left the Army in 2014, it was not an easy transition for him. “It took me two years to settle into a job,” he recalls. “One month I was out of work and we simply couldn’t pay the bills, but the RBL was there, they provided a new fridge freezer and some food vouchers because times were hard.”

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Your support helped change Jason and his family's life

During the Covid-19 pandemic, thanks to our kind supporters, we were here for Jason and his family again. His two children Natasha, 13, and Calum, nine, are talented young gymnasts. “Natasha and Calum were selected for the National Disability Team late last year,” says Jason. “Natasha also made the integrated squad alongside able-bodied gymnasts, so the pandemic came at the worst possible time for them."

When the pandemic hit, Natasha and Calum’s four-times-a-week training regimen was suddenly halted. So RBL stepped in to provide them with a specialist somersault and handstand mats to use at home.

*Images of Jason and his family | His daughter with her gymnastic trophy

This has made a big difference, says Jason.

“[Gymnastics] gives them a focus and helps with their confidence, so being able to keep up their training has been invaluable and we can’t thank RBL enough.”

He adds, “We’ve got good friends who are due to leave the Army shortly, so I’m telling them all about the Royal British Legion and the way they’ve been there for me and my family.”

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