SAMA (82) began its existence on April 2nd 1997, which was the fifteenth anniversary of the uninvited arrival of Argentine forces in the Falkland Islands in 1982.
The main purposes of SAMA (82) are simply stated. We intend to maintain and promote a sense of pride and comradeship among all veterans of the South Atlantic campaign, and to keep them in touch with each other, in a manner which respects both individual privacy and personal requirements.
We also wish to establish and maintain contact with other organisations involved in the welfare of the Armed Forces, and ensure that due consideration is given to the interests of South Atlantic veterans.
SAMA (82) will also investigate for consideration, by an appropriate organisation, any case of hardship or distress amongst South Atlantic veterans in which direct financial assistance is sought or recommended.