The Veteran - April Issue

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18 April 2019

Armed Forces & Veterans News...

Red Arrows call in former

pilot after Red 3 breaks leg

Story: The Telegraph Image: Danny Lawson/PA

The Veteran

RAF Cosford expansion comes

amid major development

Story: Shropshire Star

Currently Shropshire

Council is investigating the

possibility of allowing

developers to create a new

3,000 home town on land

at Tong, near to Cosford,

and next to the M54.

The proposal, which

comes under plans for

what the council calls the

'M54 corridor', also

includes around 50

Image: RAF Cosford

hectares of employment

land. It will go out to

consultation later this year.

In reports outlining the

plan, which has been put

forward by land owner The

Bradford Estates, council

officers said the

development would be

related to RAF Cosford.

Read more here...

The Red Arrows have had to

call a former team member

out of retirement after one

of the pilots broke his leg playing

football.

Making the announcement on

Twitter, Squadron Leader Martin

Pert, the team leader, said the

iconic aerobatic display team has

had to call up recently-retired

Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Mike

Bowden to fill the seat vacated by

Flt Lt Dave Simmonds.

Whilst keen to stress that Flt Lt

Simmonds, known by his callsign

of Red 3, “very much remains

part of the Red Arrows family”,

the team leader announced his

injury with a twinkle in his eye.

“His knee injury, which was

sustained as he turned to chase

a football, with no contact with

anyone else in the game, does

involve broken bones,” he said.

Read more here...

Army Veteran Dies Surrounded by DWP

Letters

Story: Teeside Live

British Army recruitment slumps by a

third

Story: INews by Jane Clinton

British frontline army

units have suffered a recruitment

slump of up to

a third, casting doubt

over their capability for

action. The figures

were published in response

to a parliamentary

question by the MP

Mark Francois who is

also a member of the

defence select committee.

The Scots Guards,

1st Battalion, only had

460 personnel in October

last year. This is

34% below its 697

workforce requirement.

Read more here...

Aheartbroken mum

claims her ex-soldier

son was “expendable”

and died

without the support he

needed.

Craig Scott was haunted

by the faces of people

he killed while on tour

with the British Army in

Afghanistan, an inquest

heard.

Isolated and struggling

to cope with life away

from the forces, he died

in his Thornaby bedroom

surrounded by medication,

empty cans of alcohol

and benefit sanction

letters from the DWP.

Now his mother Denise

has blasted the Government’s

failure to support

her son and called for

action to help others.

“It’s too late for Craig,

but all I want is more

support for army personnel,”

she said.

“When they need it, they

need it. They are trained

not to be weak and ask

for help. But it’s not

weak.

They have been in traumatic

situations. They

have seen things we

can’t even imagine.

“He saw atrocities. It

made his mark on him -

and he never got over it,

never.”

Read more on this story

here...

SBT News View...

Every time I here

that a veteran has

been let down by

the system, it gets

my temper racing.

Working locally

with our own system

has made me

realised just how

flawed the care

system really is. It

is so tragic that

families are left

with no answers

after losing their

loved ones in this

cold and unfeeling

system where

computers and

legislation dictates

how humans are

treated. It is a very

sad way to live and

should not happen.

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