Off-topic but as you have raised an important point, priority treatment for veterans applies to conditions which are related to their service (but no longer have to be conditions for which they receive war pension or AFCS payments). Your doctor should definitely have been aware of the instruction, but in practice only a limited proportion of veterans really benefit from it. More details here: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Militaryhealthcare/Veteranshealthcare/Pages/veterans.aspx . You're welcome to PM me for paperwork if your doctor continues to claim ignorance.Just shows the so called Military Covenant that all local authorities signed is worthless.
It's the same here where I live, the town signed and made a big song and dance about it, but when I asked what they would actually be doing for veterans like me, I got a lot of blank looks.
It seems they have good intentions when signing up but actually have no guidance on what it actually means and how they should be helping.
The NHS is just as bad as last year I needed treatment and was told I would go on the waiting list, when I said to my doctor about the letter all practises where apparently sent telling them to prioritise veterans, he stated he'd never heard of it!
I had a letter when I was discharged saying this was the case.
Councils just seem to sign up so they look good but nothing is actually done, there all too busy with the scum bags who leach off the rest of us. Makes me very angry
The 'Help a fellow Afghan war hero" thread title is somewhat off-putting, but Jamie Streets' case appears to be attracting support and there is hope for a good outcome for Jamie and his family: http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/story/2015-01-29/hope-for-war-veteran-in-housing-crisis/OP - you may find that most, if not all, DM articles are as accurate as some applications to the Armed Forces:
Not saying it is not a valid story, but there is a certain spin being put to it which gives a potentially mis-leading impression. Two key lines from the article:
"A spokesman for Cornwall Housing said it did not comment on individual cases but said they may provide temporary accommodation until housing can be found."
"A Government spokesman said they would be looking into the case 'urgently.' He told the Daily Express: 'We changed the law so that seriously injured serving personnel and former servicemen and women with urgent housing needs must always be given top priority.' "
On the basis of the latter, what is the purpose of the petition?