A message from Susan Smith, mother of Private Phillip Hewett, killed in Iraq on 16th July 2005.
The aim of the web site is to provide emotional and practical support to all those families who have lost loved ones serving in the Armed Forces whether it is through the consequences of war and military conflict, illness, suicide or a tragic accident during the course of normal duties wherever and whenever it happens. We are also here to be able to talk to serving soldiers and their families in confidence if they just want someone to talk to, or point them in the right direction for any other help and assistance that they might need.
The web site has been set up in memory of Private Phillip Hewett, my son, who was killed along side Private Leon Spicer and 2nd Lt Richard Shearer in Iraq on the 16th July 2005.
As hard as the deaths were to come to terms with, we as a family had the help and support of the other families and the regiment, the 1st Battalion Staffordshire Regiment. Having had the knock on the door, and knowing how lonely a path we had to walk, we decided to set up this website.
100,000 service men and women have served in Iraq. 179 have been killed and many have suffered minor or serious injuries. Tragically 385 soldiers have also died in Afghanistan, and this number is rapidly mounting. We are here to offer help and support to the families who have lost a son or daughter, husband or wife as they were not just service personnel, they were our loved ones. As MFSG has evolved we have found that the one particular group of people that have needed our support more than others are the parents of soldiers, particularly married soldiers. We have gained a lot of knowledge and information since we were formed and we are here to share that and help others in any way that we can.
We are here also to talk to the families and friends of injured and serving service personnel. We are here if you need us".
Susan Smith, founder of The Military Families Support Group.
Take a look around this website and if you want to get in touch or have any ideas for the website, then please contact us.