By Tory Aardvark
One of the advantages of running a blog site, is that from time to time you can let rip about something you are not happy about; so today Aardvark is taking a break from political blogging to climb on his anthill to talk about the scandal of homeless ex-service people
This country has failed it’s service and women consistently, and without exception, in the aftermath of every war since we became a so called modern nation.
A war comes along, we call on our people to fight, and when it’s over we turn our backs on them.
The blame can be attached to every government, be they Conservative, Labour or Liberal, they have all failed monumentally.
More people who saw combat in the Falklands War have committed suicide since the war ended, than were killed in the fighting.
Think about it for a moment, it’s not only a scandal, it’s far worse than that as hundred’s of human tragedies are acted out alone and in the pit of despair.
On the Veterans Aid screen under Donate there is the text “Help give a homeless veteran a bed for the night”; this makes Aardvark feel very ashamed to live in a country where this has happened for decades.
“You think after serving your time in the Army society will accept you,” he says, “but they don’t and no one helps.”
Ray was on the streets. Aimlessly, he would jump barriers at stations and ride trains around the country. Eventually he ended up in West London. He could get through £400 worth of crack in two or three days. He no longer cared about sleep or food. On the streets the tough “wolf pack” mentality meant that he was vulnerable to sexual assault and violence.
In the end he smashed a car window outside a police station and turned himself in. When he was searched, the only things found on him were his medals. more in The Times
If that last statement does not move you to tears than I have failed, if it does then click the link and visit the Veterans Aid web site.
Aardvark is in regular correspondence with his MP regarding this tragedy and asks everyone, who reads this blog, to email or write to their MP, and demand an end to betrayal and failure of our brave service people and really give them “The land fit for heroes” they were promised nearly 100 years ago