Forces Help Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organization seeking to assist, create awareness and encourage the general public on the need to support the welfare of war veterans and other retired army officials, has been officially launched in Ghana, following its establishment in 2013. Forces Help Ghana was founded by two young Ghanaians, Derrick Cobbinah and Solomon Kweku – both serving in the British army for the past ten years. They decided to set up the organization after realizing the need for veterans and their families to be given an equal attention and opportunity for better live after service just as their colleagues in Britain, USA and other parts of the world.
Derrick Cobbinah commented: “This year marks 100 years of the First World War, other countries take great pride in honoring their veterans. What prevents us from doing same? This is part of the reasons why we created Forces Help Ghana. We are here to create awareness and cater for the welfare of the veteran soldiers – especially regarding a comprehensive health care for our veterans. There are over 1, 500 Ghanaians in the British army and over 3000 in the US Army and so there is the need for all to come on board and assist Forces Help Ghana in achieving its vision.”
Mr Cobbinah lamented government’s assistance to veterans saying it is woefully inadequate. He said Forces Help Ghana will compliment government’s efforts to help improve the living standard of Ghanaian veterans. The first course of action for Fprces Help Ghana, according to Cobbinah, is to adopt and renovate the Amasaman Legion village, which is among the ten Legion villages in the country.