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Combat Stress Calls For Longer Claim Period For Armed Forces Victims


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Combat Stress
: 04 August, 2010  (Company News)
Recent government increase in claim acceptance period not enough for victims of psychological injuries according to victims charity, Combat Stress
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme will increase the period in which injured servicemen and women can submit a claim from five to seven years on 3rd August.

“Although we welcome this increase Government needs to be reminded that on average it takes veterans a lot longer than seven years to seek help for psychological injuries,” said Tony Banks, chairman of Balhousie Care Group and a spokesman for the ex-services charity Combat Stress. “On average it is 14 years before veterans approach Combat Stress for help.”

Tony Banks became a supporter of Combat Stress after filming undercover for Channel 4’s ‘Secret Millionaire’ programme in Anfield, Liverpool last year where he encountered a Gulf War veteran who was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme replaced the War Pensions Scheme in 2005 to provide support for injured war veterans.

“At Combat Stress we ensure that when Veterans do seek help there are appropriate and effective treatment pathways open to them whether they have made a claim from the Compensation Scheme inside seven years or not,” said Mr Banks, who is also an ex-paratrooper who served with 2 Para in the Falklands. “We would urge the Government to introduce regular psychological screening of all veterans of combat zones. The earlier we can treat them the better our chances of success.”

Mr Bank’s view was supported by Jessica Dallyn, who is the director of the Combat Stress ‘Enemy Within’ Appeal: “14 years is too long to wait. Too often this delay can lead to marriage break-up, unemployment, social isolation and substance misuse. When a Veteran’s condition becomes this chronic and complex treatment becomes much more difficult. One of the key objectives of Combat Stress is to encourage Veterans, and their families, to seek our help earlier – improving their prognosis and quality of life.”

“We feel some of the stigma attached to asking for help with psychological problems is declining and Veterans are starting to approach us earlier, however this startling 14-year average delay still persists.” she said.

Combat Stress has provided support for military veterans suffering from mental health and trauma problems caused by their military service since 1919. It has a current caseload of more than 4,400 ex-servicemen and women, including 400 who served in Iraq and 102 in Afghanistan. The youngest Veteran receiving support is 20 and the oldest is 103.
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