Looking After our Servicemen and Women

In this age of crooked politicians and Senators, who are over paid yet still feel they deserve more. They cheat on their expense claims, pad their travel cost etc etc. Then we have the immigrants, our governments give them homes, food, education and welfare cheques just because they are new in our land and don’t speak the language. Then we have our servicemen and women, they put their lives on the line for our continuing freedom. They suffer serious injuries, lose limbs,eyesight,and have great difficulty fitting back into society. These brave men and women might, and might is the key word, get a small disability pension, but its not guaranteed and in most cases the soldier has to fight for it.
Do you see an imbalance here?? I sure do and I also know what I’m talking about. I didn’t fight in a war zone and didn’t step on a land mine. I served in British submarines, the old diesel/electric boats. There were dirty, unhealthy, poor quality of food, worse quality of air and were often dangerous. I wont go into details, but I suffered two serious injuries whilst in submarines, I injured my spine, a lifetime injury, and broke both hands when a nylon hawser parted. In both cases I never completely recovered, but at the time was advised not to try and claim a pension, because I’d be listed as disabled and would have great difficulty getting a job after I left the Navy. I was young and impressionable so believed the advice given me. I fortunately kept all the papers necessary as proof, what was called in those days a “Wound & Hurt Certificate” . A few years later I began having problems and my doctor asked why I wasn’t receiving some form of disability from the Navy. By now I was older and wiser, but I was also no longer living in the UK. I contacted the Royal Canadian Legion and with their help began the process to claim a pension. I began the process in the mid Seventies and it took more than ten years to reach a conclusion. In the end I had no choice but to travel back to England and face a medical panel in London. I could have had a British Legion Rep sit for me but was advised it was better to go myself. The cost to fly back to the UK was around $800 plus other expenses. When I arrived I was asked if I had any travel expenses, I was excited!!!but all I qualified for was bus fare from Heath Row airport , 13 GBP’s. I did finally win my appeal and now receive a small pension and they pay for the medications required. It wasn’t easy and it took me more than ten years to win a pension I should have been entitled too from the day I left the Navy. I can only imagine how difficult it is today for returning troops. Yet we have greedy people like Mike Duffy and probably many others cheating the system and no one asked them any questions. At least not until they get caught. There is definitely a very serious imbalance in our systems of government.

God Bless and keep reading.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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