The Guardian, Letters, 10th July 2012
Advisers at the Aldershot Citizens Advice Bureau are increasingly concerned about the impact of the work capability test (Letters, 3 July) on some of our clients who are ex-soldiers who have been physically and psychologically damaged while serving their country in conflicts stretching back as far as the Falklands war, but more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A number of our clients have been repeatedly called up for assessments and put on the work capability programme when they are clearly not fit to work. They have had their benefits reinstated on appeal, and then six months later have to appear for a further assessment. This harassment by the DWP has led to increases in self-harm and even suicide attempts by these men whose service in the forces has resulted in their ill-health.
It is a disgrace that we do not better support our veterans and that they have been left to the tender mercies of a system that cares nothing for their sacrifice and seems intent on punishing them.