MP calls for an inquiry into the benefits system that encourages veterans to commit suicide and self-harm



Although the service was created to assess claims for compensation and pensions, last week’s Sunday People revealed that 40k soldiers who were serving in the armed forces or ex-military personnel had their claims denied by the service.

An MP is demanding a public inquiry into the Government’s lifeline for wounded troops.

Owen Thompson’s call comes after scores of personnel told the Sunday People the Ministry of Defence’s Veterans UK service was unfit for purpose.

Last week, we heard from some that delays in providing assistance had caused them to self-harm or take their own lives. We discovered shocking statistics that more than 40,000.

SNP MP Mr Thompson described their treatment as a “disgrace” saying: “Injured veterans need support from the Government, not a stressful fight for justice.

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“It’s time for a root-and branch inquiry to tackle these issues, fix the system and make sure all veterans get the respect and support they deserve and require.

“UK Veterans assessors seem to regularly reject applications, despite medical reports provided.”

Leo Docherty, Veterans Minister, said that: “We take the wellbeing of all those who have served extremely seriously.”