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Thursday, 3 September 2009

A Veteran's View



Respect to Rogue Gunner 
"...the focus upon the death toll in the Afghan conflict obscures the high numbers of soldiers who have suffered catastrophic wounds — and the scandalously inadequate compensation they have been offered once home in a land unfit for such heroes... if you are not serious about looking after your wounded troops then you are not serious about war. If you are not serious about war, then you have no business sending troops into battle.."

2 comments:

  1. No the high death toll does not obscure the many seriously wounded though they don't get as much attention or the kind of treatment US service personnel get and it would appear the MoD has been trying to hide the true figures.

    However, a little research (See posts labelled Afghanistan on TDP) and you can work out the numbers.

    Normally there are three serious injuries for every death but with the speed with which the injured are being transported to hospital and the advances in surgery this ratio is now being reported as four to one.

    So about five hundred have been seriously wounded, as in loss of limbs or worse.

    You can also see the MoD figures here:

    http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FactSheets/OperationsFactsheets/OperationsInAfghanistanBritishCasualties.htm

    For the period 1 January 2006 to 15 August 2009

    Centrally available records show that:

    822 UK military and civilian personnel were admitted to UK Field Hospitals and categorised as Wounded in Action, including as a result of hostile action.
    1,990 UK military and civilian personnel were admitted to UK Field Hospitals for disease or non-battle injuries.
    113 UK personnel were categorised as Very Seriously Injured from all causes excluding disease.
    134 UK personnel were categorised as Seriously Injured from all causes excluding disease.
    2,469 UK personnel were aeromedically evacuated from Afghanistan on medical grounds, whatever the reason

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  2. Thanks for the figures Ed - you might like to post them over at RG's blog as well since it was his post I was highlighting. There's always been a huge discrepancy between how we treat our Armed Forces and America's provision. With Britain the bottom line always seems to be money!

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