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Ailsa Crawford from Glenrothes a former RAF flight operations manager who served in Glenrothes and is backing the Royal British Legion's Voices of Veterans campaign throughout Fife.
Ailsa Crawford from Glenrothes a former RAF flight operations manager who served in Glenrothes and is backing the Royal British Legion's Voices of Veterans campaign throughout Fife.
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Scotland’s biggest veterans’ charity is launching a new campaign calling on ex-servicemen and women in Fife to share their stories.

The Royal British Legion Scotland is launching ‘Voices of Veterans’ to help commemorate those who served in World War One in the countdown to the centenary which takes place next year.

The campaign will also pay tribute to veterans of all ages that have served in conflicts past and present.

And Glenrothes veteran, Ailsa Crawford, who served the RAF in Iraq, is backing the Fife campaign.

The 41-year-old former Leuchars-based flight operations manager, spent four months at the Baghdad military base at the international airport as an operations assistant for Puma helicopter air crew.

After 22 years of service she decided it was time to try something new.

“When I came back from Baghdad it took a while to get back into normal life,” said Ailsa.

“But life is out there waiting for you and it’s easier if you can talk to others who have been through some of the things you have experienced.

“I’m now working with WWV, a volunteering charity based at the Personnel Recovery Unit at Army HQ Scotland in South Queensferry, helping to find volunteering opportunities for wounded serving personnel and their families.”

As part of her job Ailsa helps organise comradeship events for veterans to try new sports and activities together.

The aim is to bring together veterans of all ages where they have the opportunity to socialise with other veterans who understand their experiences.

To find out more visit the Legion’s website at http://rblscotland.com/