Former soldier and wife commit suicide

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Joker62

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The front page of the Metro this morning is carrying a story about a former soldier and his wife committing suicide due to the level of poverty they existed in. Can't provide a link due to using my mobile but am sure someone will post it.

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Sounds to me like they failed at life and did the honourable thing. If only the rest of the freeloading masses would take their lead.
 
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That's a bit harsh. The welfare system is there to help people like them and not the free-loading masses. Although it doesn't seem like it at times.
 
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There was a chef in Netheravon in the 80s, got done for stealing food from the cookhouse, the cheif cook and bottlewasher had him charged & fined (even though he knew the chef was financially in the shit, apart of the punishment was two weeks ROPs (as I featured on guard alot) I seen and had the criac with him, he took his punishment like a man no complaints just got on with it, he finished his ROPs, himself and his mrs took themselves of to Cornwall for a weekend and gased themselves.

Yes he got himself in the shite, he took his punishment, but no help from the regiment was given. (we only found out about his financial probs after the inquest)

Looks like Mark & Helen Mullins were let down by a system that was meant to protect them!
 
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Sounds to me like they failed at life and did the honourable thing. If only the rest of the freeloading masses would take their lead.
DD they were probably too Honest for there own good, the DHSS punishes Savers and people who fill their forms out without knowing the system.
 
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Sounds to me like they failed at life and did the honourable thing. If only the rest of the freeloading masses would take their lead.
I'm trying to read into what you've said, but, I've gotta agree with the 'explosive one' here - a bit harsh. Sometimes, it today's fast moving society there are genuine cases where people in your words - fail, or aren't equipped to handle what life throws up at them, maybe a sense of compassion, and understanding is all that is needed to help them get back on track.
 
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The problem with the benefits system is that those who actually need and deserve it cant access it while the "professional" unemployed know the system back to front and milk it for all it is worth.

It does seem thatthe social services must have been aware of this couple's plight and that they were badly let down. It does, however, seem that they themselves may have failed to correctly identify agencies that would have helped them. I am sure that relevant Corps/Regimental Associations and/or the RBL etc could/would have assisted. Sometimes people are too proud to ask for help.
 
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I'm trying to read into what you've said, but, I've gotta agree with the 'explosive one' here - a bit harsh. Sometimes, it today's fast moving society there are genuine cases where people in your words - fail, or aren't equipped to handle what life throws up at them, maybe a sense of compassion, and understanding is all that is needed to help them get back on track.
Are people not being blinded by the "Veteran factor" here Although what the **** is a PE instructor? The article also said they was "terrified" the missus was going to be sectioned, suffered from health setbacks and that the daughter had been taken into care (because the woman was deemed unfit to look after her). So why is the headline about poverty and whatever his previous service was?
 
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How can this happen in a modern country, 95 years ago people beleived that we would create a land fit for heroes, a truly truly shocking news report. Other people arrive here contribute nothing and live like Kings, how will the poor child cope with this news.
A proud ex Soldier who did his best. R.I.P.

REDCOATGREENJACKET
 
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Who is being blinded by the fact he is a veteran? This would be a sad story whatever his previous work background. The simple fact is that he was not a member of the professional unemployed. He has, at some point, worked for a living and paid taxes. He has subsequently been let down. Many others, who have never contributed to society in any way, are far better looked after.
 
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Who is being blinded by the fact he is a veteran? This would be a sad story whatever his previous work background. The simple fact is that he was not a member of the professional unemployed. He has, at some point, worked for a living and paid taxes. He has subsequently been let down. Many others, who have never contributed to society in any way, are far better looked after.
How do you know what he was? or that he had been let down? I just gave you three other examples of something that could cause depression from the same article yet its all about poverty?
People top themselves all the time, check out the bridgend jokes that bounce around ARRSE.
 
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Journalistic licence? Headline grabbing? Who really knows the real truth in the story?
Quite a few people on here apparently. Personally I reckon being told you are unfit to look after a child and having your daughter taken away from you and being close to being sectioned is far more likily to make you want to do something stupid rather than being short of a few bucks.
 
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Nuneaton and Bedworth borough council said it was ‘not really bothered’ by the deaths. Deputy leader Tony Lloyd said: ‘We've clearly been caught out, not giving a toss about these two people who chose not to bang on about their 'uman rights, so we are saying we are working with the police and there is little information that we can release about the couple at this time.’

The feckless classes get more spent on them per person on methadone than these two unfortunates got in aid from the state.
 
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