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Injured troops; LETTERS.

SIR - IT was always so! but I sympathise with injured Service personnel's dissatisfaction with their treatment by the War Office pension board (Government) for I had a similar experience doing my national service overseas - told not to skive - as there was nothing seriously wrong after being damaged.

Unable to seek second opinion or go privately, where senior ranks had the power of life or death over us, or even if we had our head, under our arms, if they told us we were imagining things so be it!

However, on demobilisation my GP diagnosed worse and the hospital stated the injury then couldn't be properly corrected.

Oldie soldiers persuaded me to seek a War Office pension but I was refused. Undaunted the oldie boys suggested I tried again.

I succeeded, but on the lowest category.

As I got older the injury worsened and was really affecting my health, so Dyfal donc a dyrr y garreg - persistence cracked the boulder.

I appealed again, and again I failed and worse, having been assessed at the lower scale, my pension had been stopped.

The laudable British Legion also couldn't persuade them, and my then MP raised a question about my situation in Parliament As my health continued to deteriorate I decided to campaign on my own with the support of my GP and the hospital.

The first appeal failed again, but I succeeded with the second, and as my health deteriorated further they raised the rate.

Many diseases and injuries progressively worsen and this has been accepted in cases of industrial compensations.

If any service personnel have been disappointed either for compensation, or for a review because of deteriorating health problem, I trust my experience will give you the confidence not to give up, but pursue them.

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Date:Aug 19, 2009
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