Birmingham is to house a dedicated centre for relatives of injured troops, it has emerged.
The Birmingham Post is backing the Soldiers' Sailors' Airmen and Families' Association (SSAFA) Forces Help campaign to house the new £1.7 million family centre in a six-bedroom specially adapted property close to Selly Oak Hospital in the autumn.
As the UK's main military trauma unit, Selly Oak receives about 600 casualties a year from Afghanistan and Iraq. Half have battle injuries, while others have been hurt in accidents or contracted diseases.
The charity's national £5 million appeal to develop two 'home from home' facilities close to specialist units in Birmingham and Surrey is among several initiatives nationwide by various groups to raise awareness of, and improve conditions for, casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Prince Harry, who has been fulfilling his lifelong dream of serving on the frontline, has been posted in Helmand province and voiced his concerns about the care of injured troops. "There is a lot that happens that the British public don't know about," he said.
The 23-year-old Household Cavalry officer has been serving as a battlefield air controller and light tank commander in dangerous Helmand province.
Details of his deployment, which started on December 14, can now be revealed after a news blackout deal broke down following reports on foreign websites.
Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt, said last night he was taking advice on whether Harry will now have to be pulled out of Afghanistan as a result of the breach, but he praised the prince as an "exemplary" young officer.
When families arrive to be with severely injured relatives being treated at Selly Oak, they stay in rooms on Alexandra Wing or one of four flats rented by SSAFA. About 90 relatives a month stay for an average of five days at a time.
The Birmingham Post is backing SSAFA's Helping Heroes campaign, to raise the remaining £1.5 million, by the charity's president Prince Michael of Kent at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery next week.
The first facility - the £1.8 million Norton House in Ashstead, Surrey - was opened to families earlier this month, and now SSAFA is keen to get its Selly Oak house open by October.
Gisela Stuart, MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, is also supporting the campaign and has urged the public to "support our forces in any way they can".
She added: "I think it's incredibly important that military families are supported as much as the troops when they arrive in Selly Oak.
"Troops are coming back from war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan much more injured than before, but we must remember that social aspects of their care are as important as their medical treatment - which is where family comes in.
"We need to remind the public of their link to our Armed Forces and that they should support our armed forces in any way they can."
Birmingham City Council planners have still to consider its application to change the use of a sixbedroomed house, just two miles from the hospital, before SSAFA can purchase it.
Helen Walker, director of fund-raising, said: "This home from home will serve a different purpose to Norton House, because families arriving here will be dealing with the news that a loved one has been severely injured, so will need 24-7 access to a variety of services, such as counselling and child care.
"At the moment we have to accommodate visiting relatives in side rooms on the ward at Selly Oak and in flats we rent near the hospital, but we realise this isn't perfect.
"Spending time with their families is an essential part of the healing process, and so suitable accommodation is essential.
"Selly Oak is the first port of call for military trauma, and the whole idea of having a home from home there is to make life as stress-free as possible during what can be a very tough time for them."
Round-the-clock support does not come cheap - running costs for Norton House and the proposed Selly Oak home are set to top £100,000 each per year.