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Yesterday I wrote about the decision by the MOD to try and claw back some of the compensation awarded to Cpl Duncan and Mne McWilliams.

Now Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has come running home from holiday to deal with the issue and as a result of this case is bringing forward their review of the compensation procedure for our troops. He said;

“As Defence Secretary I cannot allow the situation to continue that leaves the public in any doubt over my or the Government’s commitment to our servicemen and women.”

Really! Do you think so? Have you only just figured this out? I mean well done for cutting your holiday short and everything but what did you really think was going to happen when the MoD tried to take money back off someone THAT WAS SHOT?

It’s a wonder who is in charge of these decisions, did no one turn around and say “Here, do you think the public might be a little bit pissed off if we try and take compensation money off these soldiers?”

There was a article in the Independent today about the decision by the Ministry of Defence to take legal action against Cpl Duncan, of the Light Dragoons, and Royal Marine Matthew McWilliams to have their compensation reduced after they successfully appealed to have their compensation increased for injuries they suffered during service.

“Cpl Duncan was initially awarded £9,250 after being shot, while Marine McWilliams received £8,250 for fracturing his thigh on a training exercise, before they appealed to a tribunal for further compensation. Both men argued they had suffered a number of subsequent health problems during their treatment and these should not be regarded as separate from their original injuries. Three judges agreed with them and increased their compensation. Cpl Duncan was awarded £46,000 Marine McWilliams £28,750.”

Accompanying this story was this breakdown of the military compensation rules, detailing the amount a soldier might expect to receive according to their injury.

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It kind of reads a bit like a rather morbid game we used to play at university where you would discuss what you would do for a certain amount of money. For example, would you chop off your pinky for a million pounds? We were students, we were poor, it was mostely in jest. Only it isn’t a game for these soldiers, these are injuries actually incurred in the line of duty and reading the amounts involved they’re paltry. I am not saying that money solves all ill’s, but less than £3,000 for permenant facial numbness?! 

It is appalling that having gone through the trauma of getting injured and finally winning a reasonable amount of compensation for their claim Cpl Duncan and Marine McWilliams now have to go through yet more strain in trying to defend their right to adequate reparation.


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