Monday, July 23, 2012

UK Disability benefits for injured Military streamlined

As anybody with half a brain cell knows, our Wounded Warriors typically have to fight with their governments once their wars in the sandbox have been curtailed.

From MoD:

19 Jul 12

The Ministry of Defence and Department for Work and Pensions have announced a simplification and streamlining of the financial support system for members of the Armed Forces who have been seriously injured.

Major Melanie Barbour and Corporal Hari Budha Magar

Corporal Hari Budha Magar, a double amputee from the Royal Gurkha Rifles, chats with Occupational Health Officer Major Melanie Barbour (stock image)
[Picture: Graham Harrison, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011]

Rather than face separate assessments, personnel who have been seriously injured as a result of military service will receive ongoing payments to help with the additional costs associated with their injuries.

This is the latest measure to be announced following the Government's commitment, given last year, to upholding the Armed Forces Covenant, and the measure is consistent with the principles of the Covenant.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I am delighted that, in addition to tax-free payments from the MOD's Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, seriously injured serving personnel and veterans will also be able to avoid the unnecessary duplication of reassessments and receive disability benefits via these new arrangements.

"These brave individuals have served their country with honour and it is only right and proper that they receive financial support to help them with injuries caused by their service."...(emphasis mine - remember these words.)

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