Thursday, November 22, 2012

Parliamentary Veterans Debate includng Offenders

The latest Parliamentary debate on the plight of veterans and their mental health can be seen here -

Importantly, it highlights the long term impact of mental health issues on veterans and the number who, through a lack of resources and support are becoming homeless and or entering the criminal justice system.  This debate is to be welcomed and once again highlights the duty of care required under the Military Covenant.

Elfyn Llwyd, Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd stressed the growing problem of veteran offenders and the numbers in prison. From the debate it is clear that more research is required into the numbers of veterans in prison and on probation.  Out-dated figs from Sep 10 are still being used. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Vulnerable Veterans - More Evidence reaches No 10.

Success for Manchester military veteran - increasing awareness of key issues impacting upon military veterans - 

A King’s College London study estimates that up to one in five British soldiers leaving the frontline this year will suffer some form of mental illness.

Forces charity Combat Stress has warned that up to 50,000 British service personnel could develop mental health problems in the future.

Sadly, many will go on to be convicted and sent to prison.  Is this to be how society treats our most vulnerable veterans?

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