Monday, March 12, 2007
The betrayal of British fighting men & women!
"Under Tony Blair the military covenant has been broken, our armed forces have been let down and taken for granted."
"More than 17,000 troops are estimated to be suffering from anxiety and depression, and around 3,500 reservists are thought to be facing similar problems"
"Between January 2003 and October 2006, only 2,123 military personnel received treatment for mental health conditions from the MoD; of these, 328 were diagnosed with PTSD"
"Soldiers who have served their country - only to face inadequate treatment, for physical and mental injuries; to lose their homes after being discharged; to be jailed for conditions caused by the mental trauma of war; and denied the right to have their grievances heard"
"Many turn to drink or drugs to suppress the horror and only the strongest of marriages can cope with the stress"
"When they [the soldiers] are discharged they become just another civilian, another number in the queue. I think they are being let down. Many in the NHS don't understand PTSD. They class it as depression and try to treat it with pills."
"A former soldier spent 14 years in the Second Battalion of the Parachute Regiment. He served as a sniper in an elite reconnaissance unit, but has been homeless since leaving the Army five weeks ago. "All I got from the Army was £100 and a kick up the arse"
"The closure of military hospitals means that injured troops are being transferred straight from the battlefield to civilian wards. In some cases, officers are being sent back to war despite suffering combat trauma such as nightmares and flashbacks"
"Last year, one paratrooper said he was told by a patient that he was "killing my Muslim brothers in Afghanistan". Another said he was advised to remove his uniform and not talk about Iraq when he was at another UK hospital"
The British Army covenant 2005.
"Soldiers will be called upon to make personal sacrifices - including the ultimate sacrifice - in the service of the Nation... In return, British soldiers must always be able to expect fair treatment, to be valued and respected as individuals, and that they (and their families) will be sustained and rewarded by commensurate terms and conditions of service.
The chain of command, from the Government downwards, is responsible for articulating and sustaining the morality and justice of the cause in question... Only on this basis of absolute confidence in the justice and morality of the cause can British soldiers be expected to be prepared to give their lives...
Soldiers accept an open-ended commitment to serve whenever and wherever they are needed, whatever the difficulties or dangers may be.
The ethos of the Army is sustained by all soldiers doing their duty with an implacable will to succeed; accepting their grave responsibility and legal right to fight and kill according to their orders and their unlimited liability to give their lives for others; confident that in return the nation will look after them and their families."
Our armed forces have been disgracefully betrayed time and time again by an ungratefull and unworthy government!-More than 17,000 troops thought to be suffering from anxiety and depression,untreated and forgotten by both the Ministry of Defense and Tony Blair and all his lackys that laughingly call themselves our government!-This APPALING and OBSCENE betrayal CANNOT be allowed to continue!-The covenant has been broken,the trust has been lost and the loyalty that every member of the armed forces swears on the Holy Bible to serve the crown and the commander in chief unto death has been dishonoured and dirtied!-Action must be taken immediately before any more brave men and women who have served their country with honour suffer needlessly and alone without help or hope!
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