Saturday, March 10, 2007

Poodle Screwing British Veterans, Too

Independent (uk): Blair is called to account over abandoned troops

British soldiers returning from war are suffering unprecedented levels of mental health problems amid claims that the long-standing "military covenant" guaranteeing them proper care is in tatters.

More than 21,000 full-time servicemen and women who have served in Iraq, as well as army reservists, have developed anxiety and depression, an Independent on Sunday investigation can reveal today.

Official figures suggest two dozen military personnel have killed themselves since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 ­ a figure which includes 17 confirmed suicides and six where inquests are pending. Combat Stress, the charity for war veterans suffering from mental problems, has warned that it is seeing an annual rise of 26 per cent in its caseload; more than 1,000 former soldiers are homeless.

Independent (uk): The betrayal of British fighting men & women
The son of a military family Pte Johnathon Dany Wysoczan

Sunday Observer (uk): Scandal of treatment for wounded Iraq veterans
· Soldiers 'denied proper hospital care'
· Letters reveal anguish of families

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