Saturday, 8 September 2012
On 14 August a soldier, from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was serving in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province when he was seriously injured during enemy action.
He was flown back to the UK for treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, but died from his wounds on Friday.
He is the 32nd member of the armed forces to die in Afghanistan this year and the 426th since the unwinnable war began.
Seldom remembered are those seriously or very seriously injured in this war. From January 2012 to the end of July there were 31 members of our armed forces who come into the above categories with 17 very seriously injured and 14 seriously injured.
There are of course those who are wounded, either physically or mentally, yet are not a statistic.
We can't ignore the way in which today's politicians abuse the loyalty of our armed forces. Is it time our military had a union to represent them? The police do. More than enough. The excuses politicians give for not permitting our troops to be represented in this way are fatuous.