SUPER-CENTRE PLAN FOR WOUNDED WAR HEROES; EXCLUSIVE.
ARMY chiefs are planning a new multi-million-pound rehabilitation centre for thousands of "forgotten" war wounded.
The move follows the dramatic increase in the numbers of soldiers returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan with lost limbs and other long-term injuries. A study found many were simply returning home after treatment and felt abandoned by the Army.
Now military chiefs aim to build one huge facility or possibly a network of smaller centres, modern versions of the convalescent homes set up in the two world wars, so injured soldiers can recover together.
Former military commander Col Richard Kemp said: "If this project gets the go-ahead it will be a great victory for our injured heroes. Thousands are treated and then simply return home as the long-term sick."
In the centre, troops would get some rehabilitation for physical injuries as well as counselling for minor psychological problems.
Army personnel chief Col Barney Haugh said a project manager had been appointed to take the proposal forward.
He said a "detailed plan" would be submitted to the Ministry of Defence early next year for consideration.
He added: "We will look at whether we need to have one site or a number of them." An MoD spokesman said: "The Army is considering a convalescence facility to enhance the welfare support given to injured personnel.
"We will be looking to make a decision in the next few months."
Five thousand troops have been injured since 2003 in Iraq, and 1,000 in the last year alone in Helmand, Afghanistan.
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 23, 2008|
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