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Horrors of war brought home; YourSay: LetterOfTheWeek.

IF EVER there was a reminder or image to capture the horror of war in Afghanistan, the BBC television documentary 'Wounded' provided it.

We have all become a little blas and complacent with the daily news announcing another brave soldier has been killed in Afghanistan or Iraq and sadly that news has been received as the norm or even an expectancy, except by families of their loved ones.

The programme served a salutary reminder of our soldiers, who have their lives and limbs torn apart in a war not of their making, returning to Selly Oak Hospital to face numerous operations for their horrific injuries.

Their injuries put my stroke into insignificance, when I was semi-paralysed and turned in bed every four hours to prevent bed sores, and the never-ending battle of having to go through physiotherapy.

I can imagine the hell they are going through, both mentally and physically, but no matter how much counselling and physio they go through I hope they will never be forgotten, when eventually they return home to their families without the safety of all the wonderful medical treatment and staff available at Selly Oak Hospital.

Mike Butler, Wylde Green CONGRATULATIONS to Mike Butler, who wins a beautiful sterling silver impression of the historic Penny Black Stamp in a presentation folder from Royal Mail Heritage worth pounds 26. The letter is now in with a chance of scooping the fantastic 'letter of the month' prize, a 2008 boxed Stamp Yearbook, worth pounds 58.


Torn apart by war: Tom Neathway, one of the soldiers featured in the BBC programme Wounded.
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Date:Oct 1, 2009
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