23 December 2008
Injured solider campaigns for increase in compensation
A soldier still suffering the effects of injuries received while on duty 17 years ago is campaigning for an increase in compensation for all former servicemen.
The government's decision to double the amount of compensation available to soldiers injured after 2005 has angered Andrew Wood, 37, who served in Northern Ireland as part of the Coldstream Guards, the Knutsford Guardian reports.
Mr Wood tells the newspaper: "It feels like a kick in the teeth […] What about the other people who have served in conflicts from the Second World War onwards?"
While serving in Northern Ireland in 1991, Mr Wood was caught in a landmine explosion and sustained a shattered shoulder as well as a severe neck injury that has left him unable to work, according to the newspaper.
Mr Wood, who claims to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, currently receives an Army pension of £56 per week with which to support his wife and their two children.
The oldest continually existing Corps in the British Army, the Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards' 1st Battalion was recently deployed to Afghanistan.
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