14,000 British soldiers injured in four years

A total of 14,000 British soldiers have claimed compensation for injuries in just four years, new figures have shown.

The claims have been made since the Government’s Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) was founded in 2005.

The figure would be far higher if it included injuries suffered since operations began in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003.

Among the 14,000 are 279 who have been forced to appeal the level of their awards and are now involved in legal battles with the Ministry of Defence.

The soldiers who are appealing include some who have lost limbs or been paralysed.

One of them is Marine Ben McBean, 22, who lost an arm and a leg and suffered extensive burns in Afghanistan. The 22 year-old, who served with 40 Commando Royal Marines, was described as a “real hero” by Prince Harry.

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