RAIDER_OF_THE_LOST_CAUSE said:U.S. veterans groups have massive support not just from the public but from those that weald power within Capitol Hill, they revear their veterans in a way that should shame our people.
If the British Legion had half as much clout as the U.S. veterans groups the buch of cowards in office now would have the self satisfied smarm wiped from their faces and our people would receive the dedicated care they require (and deserve)-not spread about the country in civi nhs hospitals but in places like the yank veterans.
At the very least open Haslar you tight fisted bastards, our people have done your bidding, they deserve more than you are giving.
come_the_day said:The Fisher House story says that there is a Fisher House in every major US Forces medical facility.
UK plc has one Forces medical facility left, at Headley Court in Surrey, which can take comparatively few inpatients, although I have heard that there will be something akin to Portakabin accommodation there soon to increase its capacity.
The injured returning from points East who need long-term accommodation could be housed at Haslar, which, despite the antipathy of the Army is a very pleasant, quiet facility. It would be relatively easy to convert some of it to provide all the respite accommodation that the injured and their families might require, but it is an expensive place to run.
Move Headley's business to Haslar, thus losing the need to pay for Headley to balance the expense of running Haslar as a military unit again. Won't happen, because the gong seekers at the MOD just don't have the imagination or loyalty to put their people first.
Squirrel said:I have, over the last year, made friends with an ex-booty here in the town where I live (Stamford in Lincs). He overheard me and the mrs chatting before I went off on Det last Oct and we just got chatting. He was medically discharged after being wounded on the Assault on Al-Faw in 2003. He's off to hospital just before the new year to have an operation on his spine, the mob won't even pay his transport there as they claim that as he was medically discharged, they no longer have a duty of care to him. Thankfully, the local branch of the RBL have helped him out. When I heard his story, I was enraged. We all take the p1ss out of the yanks, but it's good natured, and one thing I'd never deny is that they treat their ex-servicemen and women with respect, dignity and awe that they deserve.