Today, Britain Honours Its Forces Personnel…

… by providing their families with crumbling substandard housing (last year the government put the Armed Forces housing upgrade “on hold” according to this article from The Daily Telegraph)  and making 5,000 service personnel redundant.

The politicians and media talk about ‘heroes’ but don’t seem too bothered by the numbers former squaddies sleeping rough on the nation’s streets either. There are an estimated 36,000 homeless ex-forces personnel in Britain. 3,000 of whom are on London’s streets.

The Royal British Legion released a statement which points out that up to 3,000 of London’s homeless population are ex-service personnel. (LBC’s article draw my attention to this fact and provide an interesting interview with a homeless veteran, read the article here.)

This amounts to 8.3% of the total of homeless people in London. This seems like a small percentage, however if we think about the homeless population’s contribution to the ex-service personnel community rather than the other way round, the figures become quite startling.

So if you’re watching the Remembrance Day services on television, remember how the ex-military are treated by the state. Today politicians may lay wreaths at cenotaphs and talk about the ‘wonderful work’ done by ‘our’ armed forces, but they honestly couldn’t give a shit.



Filed under Armed Forces, Society & culture

2 responses to “Today, Britain Honours Its Forces Personnel…

  1. Gregg Hill

    This is also a problem, to put it mildly, here in Canada and in the US where the record keeping and followup to veterans’ usually medically related inquiries at the Veterans’ Admin in Washington are literally national jokes (exhibit A “The Daily Show”) as well as tragedies. DK about Australia or NZ. It would be interesting to see how the rest of W Europe, where the military is held in less public reverence (France may be an exception) compares.

  2. I get the feeling that the other European countries aren’t so bad when it comes to their veterans.

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