Injury payouts for troops ‘a sham’

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    From The Sunday TimesFebruary 10, 2008

    Injury payouts for troops ‘a sham’ Michael Smith
    THE government’s pledge to improve compensation for soldiers wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan has been branded a sham after it emerged only 24 claimants from three years of conflict will qualify for the extra money.

    The improved payments were promised after the outcry over the treatment of Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, who lost both legs when his Land Rover ran over a mine in Afghanistan.

    He has benefited from the changes to the compensation scheme with his payout increased from £152,150 to the maximum of £285,000. The changes have, however, been targeted at those most seriously injured, leaving more than 98% of those compensated for their wounds without any improvement in their payouts.

    This weekend the Royal British Legion called for an overhaul of what it described as a “disgraceful” scheme. Sue Freeth, the legion’s director of welfare, said: “It’s pretending to be generous when it clearly isn’t.”
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  2. Too slow, Stop, Rest, rejoin the class. :wink: