The Sandbag Times Issue No: 51

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The Veterans Magazine



January Edition

Homeless UK Veteran Emotional Plea To Government

Steve Rowe, a Northern

Ireland veteran, accused the

government of “forgetting

their own” as he told his

story of sleeping rough in

central London.

Steve, who ended up on the

streets after the trauma of his

son's death, said MPs are too

focused on Brexit to care

about the thousands of rough

sleepers in Britain. He told

Channel 4 News: “I’m asking

for help. I’m not getting it. So

what do I do? Where do I go?

“I lost a son, which just… hit

me. You can take a bullet for

Dozens of kind-hearted strangers

attended the funeral of a troubled army

veteran and poppy-seller after a

desperate appeal by pals who feared no

one would go.

Stewart Kingdom, 54, tragically took his

the Queen, you can die for the

country but I couldn’t save my

son. “There are so many exforces

guys on the streets who

are going through the same

thing. “What they have done,

the country, have forgotten

their own. “The government

are more concerned about this

Europe business and this

Brexit business than they are

their own people. “And here

we are sleeping tents and

sleeping in boxes.” According

to figures released earlier this

year, around 13,000 ex-armed

forces veterans are sleeping

rough. Read more in The Sun

Tribute to Army Veteran Poppy Seller After Life of Tragedy

Story: The Sun

Story: The Sun

own life after being plagued by posttraumatic

stress disorder from his time in

the forces. On Friday former friends,

members of the armed services and

Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh flocked to Yeovil

Crematorium, Somerset, to give a fitting

send-off to Mr Kingdom. The ex-squaddie

Photo: 4 News

served tours of Northern Ireland during

the Troubles. He also saw action in the

Falklands and the First Gulf War. But after

leaving the forces in 1997, Mr Kingdom

endured a series of heartbreaking

personal tragedies. An inquest heard that

his life "seemed to be one tragedy after

another". His father died in hospital

during a routine operation in 1997. His

mum was so distraught by the loss that

she took her own life the same day. And

on the day of his mother and father's

funeral his sister was killed in a road

accident. A few years later he was

diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and

PTSD - which contributed to the eventual

breakdown of his marriage. The former

Royal Army Medical Corps soldier was

told in August that he had terminal cancer

- and he was given just 12 months to live.

He told friends that he felt "life was no

longer worth living" and took his own life

at his bungalow in Crewkerne, Somerset,

last month. Following his death, a

coroner was unable to find any relative to

let them know of his passing. For more

on this story, click here.

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