SPVA & MoD with a lack of compassion AGAIN

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  1. Apologies if this has been featured before.

    I’ve just become aware of this via MFSG, I’m appalled

    GRIEVING WAR WIDOW HIT BY PENSION SNUB.

    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/GRIEVING+WAR+WIDOW+HIT+BY+PENSION+SNUB.-a0219057036

    THE devastated widow of a Midland soldier is being denied benefits because the Ministry of Defence refuses to accept an inquest ruling that he died due to depleted uranium Depleted Uranium (DU) is uranium remaining after removal of the isotope uranium-235. It is primarily composed of the isotope uranium-238. In the past it was called by the names Q-metal, depletalloy, and D-38, but these have fallen into disuse.

    Mother-of-two Elaine Dyson, 41, of Brownhills is battling for a war widow's pension following the death of husband, former Lance Corporal

    An inquest jury stated in September that Mr Dyson's death from colon cancer, cancer of any part of the colon (often called the large intestine)

    The decision sparked a war of words between Black Country coroner Robin Balmain and the Ministry, after the coroner used his powers to recommend to government officials that the lethal substance should not be used.

    Depleted uranium is used in the manufacture of armour piercing ammunition.

    Mr Dyson, from Brownhills and a Lance Corporal with the Royal Pioneer Corps was a British Army combatant corps used for light engineering tasks.

    The Royal Pioneer Corps was raised on 17 October 1939 as the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps. It was renamed the Pioneer Corps on 22 November 1940. , cleaned tanks after the first Gulf War during a five-month deployment to the war zone.

    His widow Elaine told the inquest that her husband's health had deteriorated after he left the Army in 1992 and that he was diagnosed with colon cancer, which spread to his liver and spleen, in 2007.

    The 41-year-old mother-of-two said her husband had been "convinced" before his death that his cancer was linked to his service in the Gulf.

    But Armed Forces Minister Bill Rammell claimed the jury's verdict had been "very surprising", based on "speculative views", and that Mr Dyson's death was not linked to his war service.

    The pension 115.55 a week is payable to widows of servicemen whose deaths were caused by their time in the armed forces.

    Mrs Dyson, a teaching assistant bringing up the couple's children Thomas, 13, and Amy, 11, said: "The Ministry is still arguing that Stuart's death was not linked to his service in the Gulf.

    "I am just following what Stuart was wanting to do in the first place - to get the authorities to say he was right.

    "He had to fight for his disability benefit, and right up to his death he was fighting to get his war pension to take his cancer into account."

    That issue also remains unresolved - with Mrs Dyson preparing an appeal against the refusal of the MoD to count the cancer in its calculations.

    If that appeal succeeds, Mrs Dyson, who receives a basic widowed parent's allowance and working tax credit, would then try to get a war widow's pension.

    She added: "The money is not important to me - it's the principle.

    I really need to know a reason why he died. I suppose I have a bit of anger as well."

    not good :(