British government lets war veterans rot

This video from Britain says about itself:

Troops exposed to explosions in Iraq and Afghanistan are to be checked for brain injury, the MoD has confirmed.

From British daily The Guardian:

Iraq hero Johnson Beharry attacks government over troops’ care

Victoria Cross winner hits out at ‘disgrace’ of veterans not getting treatment they need

Saturday 28 February 2009

The army’s most decorated serving war hero today claimed the government was failing to care for soldiers with mental trauma caused by combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for saving the lives of comrades during two ambushes in Iraq, said it was “disgraceful” that some veterans were not getting the treatment they needed.

He told the Independent that the government had not done enough to help soldiers suffering from severe combat stress, depression and mental breakdowns.

Beharry also said military charities were being used to patch up holes in soldiers’ care.

“These are people who have served this country. Why can’t they get treatment? I don’t think the government is doing enough for soldiers,” he said.

“Those who are still serving get some form of help for combat stress but even those who are serving don’t get enough support.” …

Speaking of his own stress following his return from Iraq, the 29-year-old said: “It brings me back into the killing zone, to the explosion. When you hear a bang in Iraq you know it is going to be followed by something and back home you feel the same. You go tense, waiting. I go into that defence mode.

“I am learning to live with it. Everyone experiences combat stress differently. But we are all linked; we all suffer the same problem in different ways.”

The scandal of our traumatised troops: here.

Britain: A former SAS commander in Afghanistan said today the Government had “blood on its hands” over the “unnecessary deaths” of four soldiers killed when their Snatch Land Rover hit a roadside bomb: here.

THE government’s human rights watchdog said on Sunday that it will take on Defence Secretary John Hutton and the Ministry of Defence in a test case to extend human rights laws to soldiers on the battlefield: here.

Young ex-military personnel ‘more prone to suicide’: here.

USA: More Soldiers Commit Suicide than are Killed in Combat: here.

Reporter working on story critical of VA has his equipment confiscated: here.

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