Fury over ‘lack of sup­port’

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

A WAR hero forced to sur­vive on his Army pen­sion feels politi­cians should hang their heads in shame over the treat­ment of veter­ans with post­trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

Paul Tun­still, a for­mer mem­ber of the Royal Mil­i­tary Po­lice, with 18 years’ ser­vice, is one of a grow­ing num­ber of men­tally ill veter­ans be­ing forced to rely on state ben­e­fits to sur­vive.

The for­mer Royal Mil­i­tary Po­lice­man, who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, ac­cused the Min­istry of De­fence of treat­ing troops suf­fer­ing from PTSD with “ut­ter con­tempt”.

Just two years ago, Paul, who sur­vives on state ben­e­fits and his Army pen­sion of £800 a month, was em­ployed as a home care sup­port worker and do­ing char­ity runs.

But now the fa­ther-of-six is no longer able to work or leave his home with­out his wife Car­ley.

Paul, 40, from Burn­ley, Lancs, was di­ag­nosed with PTSD in 2014 af­ter be­com­ing ag­i­tated in busy places, a year af­ter be­ing dis­charged from the Army with com­bat hear­ing loss.

He said : “The im­pact of PTSD has been dev­as­tat­ing. I haven’t met or heard of a sin­gle vet­eran with PTSD who has been helped by the MoD.”

STRUG­GLE: Paul SUR­VIVOR: Les Cher­ring­ton ■ RE­SPECT: Veter­ans at the Ceno­taph as a trum­peter plays the Last Post

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