Heroic Ben is still a fighter

Ben Parkinson with his mum Diane Dernie.
Ben Parkinson with his mum Diane Dernie.
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WOUNDED war hero Ben Parkinson and his mum have backed a national campaign to get the Military Covenant enshrined in law.

Ben and his mother Diane Dernie both say the Prime Minister should honour a pledge to make the covenant legally enforceable so members of the Armed Forces would get priority NHS treatment and a lifelong right to mental health care.

The Bessacarr family say the Justice For The Brave campaign is close to their hearts.

Ben, now aged 26, is the most severely injured soldier to survive the war in Afghanistan and his mother and step-father had a long and difficult battle with the Ministry of Defence to win an increase in the compensation he received for losing both legs and suffering brain damage when a land mine blew him up.

A national newspaper is urging readers to lobby their MPs this week to change the Armed Forces Bill this week so that the covenant would be made legally binding on the Government.

Ben said: “David Cameron should honour his pledge. It may be too late to change what happened to me, but it will help others in the future. MPs need to get behind the campaign. If the Military Covenant was enshrined in law I wouldn’t have had such a difficult time.”

Mrs Dernie added: “We have had to fight ourselves into the ground to get what Ben needed.”