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Lest we forget

A recent case provides a timely reminder of our treatment of war veterans

4 November 2011

In November our thoughts turn to those who have left us, with Christians around the world celebrating All Souls’ Day on 2 November, swiftly followed by Remembrance Day, which commemorates the millions of soldiers who lost their lives in service since the First World War.

Meanwhile, we are reminded on an almost weekly basis of the number of deaths in operations: figures released in September count 382 British military deaths in operations since 2001 in Afghanistan alone, with a further 44 having lost their lives from accidents, illness or non-combat injuries.

End of days

Yet even today, the plight of those who do survive is rarely remembered. Over 60 years after the end of the Second World War, we are still seeing the results of lives shattered by coming back from the front – in theory, the ‘victors’. Having survived the war, many young men retu...

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