Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Shameful

Yesterday I heard the awful story of a young paratrooper who was so severely injured in a roadside attack in Afghanistan that he lost his legs and suffered damage to his spine, skull, pelvis, hands and ribcage. Despite the fact that he will need care for the rest of his life, he has been offered a paltry £152,000 in compensation. If these injuries had been sustained in a car accident it is likely he would have received a lot more than this.

Putting this specific case aside, I believe the way our veterans are treated is poor, especially in comparison to other countries. Young men and women put their lives on the line for our country and yet when they return we let them down so badly. Soldiers are not particularly well paid so the very least they should expect from Government is a duty of care. It is hardly a surprise that army personnel and veterans feel completely disillusioned. The British Legion have launched a campaign called Broken Covenant which will focus on the need to boost medical care, strengthen the system of coroners' inquests to ensure swift closure for bereaved families, and provide more compensation. You can show your support for the campaign HERE.

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