Telegraph - Alive and kicking - Headley Court

Big illustrated feature in today's Telegraph magazine about DMRC Headley Court. Plenty human interest, background about BLESMA; even our friends the NIMBYs get a passing mention!

Telegraph Magazine

Alive and kicking

As the Army faces mounting criticism that it is failing in its duty of care towards frontline troops, Robert Chesshyre meets the soldiers who are facing up to life without limbs. Photographs by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
...How the nation treats wounded men goes to the heart of the Military Covenant, the Army doctrine that states that in return for putting their lives on the line servicemen will receive fair treatment, and that those injured will be well cared for, both medically and financially. With the Army stretched close to - some would say beyond - breaking point, the validity of the covenant is increasingly being called into question.

This month the British Armed Forces Federation, formed last year to represent servicemen's interests, claimed that the covenant was a 'dead letter', while the Royal British Legion announced a campaign to 'address the growing sense of disillusionment among service personnel and veterans about their treatment'. The Legion is particularly concerned about low levels of compensation received by some injured soldiers and the delays in paying them. A civilian typist with the RAF was recently paid £484,000 after injuring a thumb, while a 23-year-old paratrooper, Ben Parkinson, who will need care for life after a landmine injury, will get £152,150.

It was against a background of a bad press on these issues that the Ministry of Defence invited me to visit Headley Court, but restrictions (not unusual when writing about the military) were imposed. I had limited time with each man (so, I was told, not to interfere with their treatment schedules); a press officer sat in on the interviews.

The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (to give it its official name) has itself been in the news. Last month, local residents staged opposition to the opening of a house for relatives visiting wounded servicemen, citing concerns about increases in traffic, pollution and rubbish. After a hastily mounted national campaign, backed by the head of the Army Gen Sir Richard Dannatt, none of the objectors attended the key planning meeting, and the scheme will now go ahead...
Full illustrated feature at LINK.
Top article, humbled by their resolve.

The cynic in me hopes that this is not another attempt at spin and this level of treatment is available to all injured service personnel.

Back to the thread, excellent article highlighting to the proletariate the sacrifices these men have made in service of their country.
wow. the morale they guys still have astonishes me.

it's so good to hear of them getting on with their lives and not letting it stop them from living.

up-most respect to them all.
This Government has a responsibility to care for service personal and i hope that this article is just spun to keep the public happy
I and other members of Blue Team had the honour to meet Capt Peter Norton GC and other 'Headley Court Irregulars' and whilst I've no doubt that they all have their low days, their courage, humour and determination was evident. If the government could generate even 1% of the determination of these guys to rehabilitate them and give them the financial support to ensure that they had the best prosthetics and any other equipment that they need, then it would be a step in the right direction.

My hat is off to everyone in treatment at HC and their families - triumph over adversity should be HC's motto!
A civilian typist with the RAF was recently paid £484,000 after injuring a thumb, while a 23-year-old paratrooper, Ben Parkinson, who will need care for life after a landmine injury, will get £152,150.
Say what? :?
The typists award was to cover her very substantial legal costs. The actual figure was much much smaller. Its another story that is dragged out, but isn't an accurate comparison.
The article makes impressive reading, and makes one feel very humble.

Good luck to them all, they are so resolute.

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