Trust fund created to assist veterans of latest war in Iraq

A trust fund has been set up to help service personnel and their families who suffer because of the war in Iraq.

The UK Forces Gulf Fund has been launched by service charities the King George's Fund for Sailors, the Army Benevolent Fund and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. The Ministry of Defence has provided the start-up costs.

The fund will provide short-term financial relief to dependants of those killed or injured in the war and long-term help for those who suffer a disability. The three service charities will distribute the money.

A web site has been created at www.ukforcesgulffund.org to take donations and Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has taken on management of all contributions.

A CAF spokeswoman said: "This is the sort of thing that CAF's Charity Administration Service does regularly. It frees the charity to concentrate on its activities while we handle the giving, making sure, for example, it is tax effective."

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