Returning heroes: Travel fund extended for WWII veterans

VETERANS of the Second World War have been given a further chance to revisit the foreign battlefields where they bravely fought for their country.

Heroes Return II, a Lottery-backed fund, offers grants to veterans to cover the travel and accommodation expenses of trips to both Europe and the Far East.

The programme has now been extended by a further 12 months with a new closing date for applications of 31 January 2012.

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Since 2004 over 50,000 British and Irish veterans have made commemorative trips with funding totalling over 24 million.

The grants on offer range from 150 for trips within the UK to 5,500 for long haul travel to Asia.

• More information can be found on the Heroes Return website