Now with all the press about the covenant (of which I had heard nothing before the latest foreign adventurism by the clowns in the westminster big top) being broken I have been thinking back to my service during the 1980's and into the 90's. The covenant wasnt discussed once during my service. If you were injured on ops (a reasonable chance) you got a pension and compensation. I do remember a tarrif of about £100 per stitch for public order injuries and a pension review board before discharge. Injuries were expected although unwelcome and no one was really interested in how wounded you were or why and where it happened. Yes the Mil hospitals looked after you and would also look after retired personnel but public exposure to casualties from over 30 years of COIN ops in NI was minimal unless outrages happened on the mainland. Even then Horses and dogs got more press time! To all serving soldiers and especially wounded ones, you are not hated or despised by your fellow Britons, yes you are a political embarressment but then wounded troops always have been. No one wants to see the butchers bill being wheeled down the high street, thats why the Legion was formed wasnt it, to stop wounded ex soldiers from begging. I know this is of little compensation to those families looking after disabled sons and daughters from conflicts but by using the system you neednt have to use your life savings etc unless you really want to! A friend of mine and my ex coy clerk is on 100% disability and does alright. If he was my son I wouldnt lock him away in a home, maybe some respite care for a break but I would look after my sons despite the level of care needed. Yes I would want the available home help and I would make the most of it but that surely has to be better than visiting a grave every year! Lets have less pontificating about Broken Covenant as this is now in danger of being used solely as a stick to get a bigger defence budget by leading ex seniors who probably work for BAE now. If there isnt the money to sustain a war on any front then we certainly shouldnt be fighting it. We are not as a nation at war, there is no rationing, conscription or blackout. I am not saying do your job, come home and shut up about it! I have been there and know what it is like but to be honest the country will sit in wonderment at the furore that certain elements of the press will make when stories of MRSA break about troops in NHS but lets face it, the state this country is in you are lucky not to die in an NHS hospital especially in Kent. There will come a point when the public will get fed up, we are not there yet, a trip to the war memorials on sunday shows that but soon with all the negative press it wont. Chin up folks, we still support you and are thankful that we arent doing it. I normally dont attract much attention in normal clothes but on Sunday I was in Blazer and tie at the kids bowling county trials waiting for my cab to town and was putting up my Got same Medal. The looks of respect from other parents was really heartening. I thank you folks for that but be aware that should the moaning continue the public will tire and thats just the way it is I'm afraid. Thats just society, its got feck all to do with any covenant real or imagined. Slag me off if you wish, I expect this to provoke commentrs and even arguments but its the way I see it I'm afraid. 20 years of civvy life doesnt stop me being an ex serviceman, it just allows me to see things from the majority view. I have really struggled to understand the foreign policy of this country since I matured and especially since Maggie left. I cant see the sense in gettinvolved in any foreign adventures in any of the countries we have sacrificed our lives in including FRY. Let Europe sort its problems out, we are not america and cant do this on the shoestring budget that those misers in westminster insist on! Fire at will! Edited to try and make this easier to read!