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Britain's Most Injured Afghan War Veteran Leaves Army

It comes as Lance Bombardier Parkinson and other seriously wounded Armed Forces personnel are to be granted a bespoke care package.

Britain’s most injured Afghanistan war veteran is to leave the military after being granted a bespoke care package.

The package, from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and NHS, will cover the extra costs needed to cover Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson's care.

The MOD has since announced a new wider package of support has been launched for seriously wounded Armed Forces personnel.

34-year-old Lance Bombardier Parkinson lost both his legs and suffered a broken spine and pelvis after his vehicle hit a landmine in Afghanistan in 2006.

The explosion also left him with brain damage, with doctors saying he would never walk or talk again.

However, Lance Bombardier Parkinson defied the odds to do both.

 

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson received an MBE in 2013.

In 2008, he won an Overcoming Adversity award at the Sun Military Awards and in 2013, he received an MBE.

In the last year, Lance Bombardier Parkinson's family have been fighting to secure a long-term care package from the MOD.

His lawyers and mother Diane Dernie, previously claimed that the MOD had failed in its duty to develop a coherent plan of care for the soldier.

They also argued that NHS England and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) had not met their responsibilities.

They said this resulted in Lance Bombardier Parkinson staying in the Army and receiving care from the MOD, instead of leaving and receiving care from the NHS.

Lance Bombardier Parkinson in uniform.

However, the MOD and NHS have now come to an agreement on a long-term care package and therefore he will be leaving the Armed Forces.

The package will grant Lance Bombardier Parkinson and other seriously wounded personnel access to a tax-free annual fund of £24,000 to cover his extra care costs.  

Speaking about the launch of the package, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Ben has given a lot for this country and I’d like to thank him and his family for all they have done throughout this process.

“We have now agreed a package of support for Ben, to ensure that he gets the right care as he leaves the Army and moves into civilian life.

“This new support package will also benefit other serving personnel who have been seriously injured.”

The chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, also said: “Those who bravely serve our country deserve its full support, and in the NHS we are committed to playing our part."

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Ms Dernie said: "There are other things he [Lance Bombardier Parkinson] wants to do now.

"Ben has realised he’ll always be Airborne, he’ll always be a Para and he’ll always be a part of the military family.”