ROYAL MARINE Aaron Moon is going to a tribunal to fight for his benefits after Atos claimed in a capability assessment that he was just as ‘able’ with his false leg.
A SCOTS-BASED Royal Marine who lost a leg in Afghanistan underwent a bizarre health assessment – then was told he didn’t qualify for disability benefits.
Aaron Moon suffered fractures to his shoulder, spine, pelvis, hip, heel and legs, a ruptured spleen, dislocated knees and a shattered lower leg which was amputated, after a roadside blast.
But he was told after a work capability assessment by benefits testing firm Atos his false leg was just as “able” as a real one, and his £100–a–week disability living allowance was being stopped.
Now 25-year-old Aaron is going to a tribunal to try to win back his benefits.
Yesterday he relived the extraordinary, humiliating test he was made to endure by a nurse working for Atos.
Aaron, from Bolton, said: “He read out my injuries, including the amputation, before examining me.
“He asked me to point down my left foot, then my right foot, and I said, ‘I haven’t got a right foot’ and he said, ‘Oh, right’.
“He said, ‘Can you move your toes?’ I said, ‘I’ve no leg.’
“I took it off to show him and he looked surprised.
“I was shocked. He’d read out my notes but didn’t seem to know my injuries.”
Armoured Support Group specialist Aaron – a promising rugby player – was attached to Arbroath-based 45 Commando when a bomb wrecked his Viking armoured vehicle in Lashkar Gar in 2009.
He said: “I’ve fought for my country and when I got back, the Government turned their back on me.”
A letter he was sent explained the Department for Work and Pensions had “surmised he could walk 200 metres pain–free”.
A DWP spokesman said they were changing the system so injured veterans would not have to undergo continual assessments.
She said: “Cases like this show exactly why we need to reform the system.
“With millions of pounds in underpayments and overpayments, we agree people are not always getting the right support.”
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