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Contents 6 In the News


FEATURES 8 RAF Puma helicopters The RoyalAir Force’sPuma2helicopters have completed thefirst12months of support to Operaton TORAL in Afghanistan.


10 Startng to laugh Lifeisastruggle forthose with PTSD,however, dogs canhelp mitgate some of symptoms relatedtoPTSD.


14 Unforgetableadventures In April 1942 Derek Gatesmarried hispartner, Isobel. No leisurely honeymoon periodwas to follow, though; deploymentwas looming.


FEDERATION


20 AccommodatonMaters Housing informatonand accommodaton updatesfromyour Federaton.


22 CarillionAmeyimprovements ChangesatCarillionAmeyare aiming to deliver a beterservice.


SPOUSES IN BUSINESS


26 Your ownbusiness? X-Forces support service leavers,reservists, veterans, their partners and families gain enterprise skills.


LEGALAND FINANCIAL


28 Smarter Car Forces Mutual areoffering themilitaryfamily the choice to have aDriver Performance Insights Devicecompletely free with allnew Forces Mutual carinsurancepolicies.


30 Natonal insurancecredits From 6April2016, spouses andcivil partnersof Servicepersonnel have beenable to applyfor anew type of Natonal Insurance (NI) credit to protecttheir StatePension.


www.raf-ff.org.uk 37 26 COVENANT


32 The Covenantfive yearson Whereisthe ArmedForcesCovenant fiveyears on from its incepton?


HEALTH AND WELLBEING 8


37 Apassion forsport? Sport and ForceDevelopment/Adventurous Training in the RAF.


38 Anyone fortennis? This year promises to be abusyone, with the highest numberoftournamentsplannedand partcipatonincreasing year on year.


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41 Newsupport service Following on from the launchofits online supportcourse,Building Stronger Families, the RAF BenevolentFund cannow help with the cost of mediaton servicesfor serving couples.


FAMILY


42 Poppybreaks TheRoyal Britsh Legion offersForcesfamilies and veterans the chancetotakeabreak and get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.


OF INTEREST


44 Volunteering The RoyalAir Forces Associatonhas launched its volunteering programme, formalisinginitatves already established to welcome on boardnew volunteers.


46 Book Reviews Ordinarymen and women, and theirexperience of the outbreak of war, arethe inspiraton behind Shadows in aPhotograph anovel by David McMichael. News from the Home Front by Rachael de Moraviais -anaccount of lifeasamilitarywife.


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