MP calls for inquiry into benefits system that drives veterans to suicide and self-harm
The service was set up to assess compensation and pension claims, but last week the Sunday People revealed that 40,000 injured serving or former members of the armed forces had their claims rejected.
An MP calls for a public inquiry into the government’s lifeline for injured soldiers.
Owen Thompson’s appeal comes after dozens of staff told The Sunday People that the Ministry of Defense’s UK Veterans Service was not fit for purpose.
We told last week how delays in providing support had led some to commit suicide or self-harm. And we have discovered shocking figures showing that more than 40,000 injured serving or former members of the armed forces have had their compensation claims denied.
SNP MP Mr Thompson called their treatment a ‘disgrace’, saying: ‘Wounded veterans need government support, not a stressful fight for justice.
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“It’s time for a full investigation to address these issues, fix the system and ensure that all veterans get the respect and support they deserve and need.”
“UK veteran assessors seem to regularly reject applications, despite the medical reports provided.”
Veterans Affairs Minister Leo Docherty said, “We take the well-being of all who have served very seriously.