Give Welsh War Veterans a Better Deal

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM and Jonathan Edwards MP have supported calls for Westminster Government to provide more funding to help Welsh war veterans struggling to come to terms with their battlefield experiences. The calls come in conjunction with recent research carried out by the office of Plaid AM Leanne Wood which discovered nearly one in ten soldiers assessed for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) were discharged from the UK Army in a 30 month period between 2007 and 2009.

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“Ensuring that troops receive the level of care that they deserve is essential. It is upsetting to think that successive Westminster governments have been happy to send soldiers from Carmarthenshire to war but have not been so forthcoming in providing for their mental health when they return.”

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM added:

“There are a great deal of veterans in the county and I am sure that everyone would agree they should be looked after having given such dedicated service.

Wales provides a disproportionate level of troops to the UK armed forces and so it is only right that veterans in Wales should receive the full psychological and practical support that they need.”

Leanne Wood AM added:

“Plaid Cymru has not only campaigned to end the war and bring our troops home but to also provide a network of support for serving soldiers, ex-soldiers and their families.

“Without such support, people risk falling out of society altogether – as is borne out by the figures on the numbers of ex-service personnel in prison and living homeless on the streets.”

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