The SAS hero left homeless after council failed to house him
An SAS hero who led the Iranian Embassy Siege has ended up homeless after the council failed to offer him suitable accommodation. Bob Curry, who served for 16 years in the Special Air Service and had a 17-year military career, is now living in a bed and breakfast, paid for by his old regiment.
After his business collapsed and he felt forced to sell his medals, he asked Herefordshire Council for accommodation on five occasions, but was only offered a hostel where he had to ask permission to use the toilet and a home four miles away from the nearest shop. This meant he was forced to live on the streets until the SAS regimental association decided to pick up the bill for him to stay in the B&B.
Bob, who helped to save 19 hostages during the Embassy Siege, has now warned that the same could happen 'to any veteran' and appeared on GMB this morning alongside former SAS serviceman Rusty Firmin.
Herefordshire Council sent the following statement:
"Herefordshire Council ensures that no member of the Armed Forces community faces disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen.
As part of the councils commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, ex-members of the Armed Forces receive additional assistance to aid their position on the social housing waiting list, which should speed up an offer of securing appropriate housing.
We work to find suitable accommodation for any applicant that requires it and recommend that any individual requiring support of this nature, provides all the necessary details requested, so we can process and provide support in a timely manner."