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North West's Afghanistan veterans honoured at service

The Queen, the Prime Minister and other leading politicians were among those present at a special service that was held to remember those who lost their lives in the conflict in Afghanistan.

A flypast and a parade by veterans also honoured British service personnel, many from the North West, who fought and died in the 13 year conflict.

The families of two school friends from Warrington, who both lost their lives within weeks of each other, attended the service.

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Official statement on marine's compensation fight

The government agency behind the compensation scheme for injured veterans, has released a statement in response to our coverage of ex-marine Andy Grant's fight for compensation.

The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency manages the scheme, but made clear it would not comment on individual cases.

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme pays out a lump sum for those injured, disabled or bereaved by Service on or after 6th April 2005. For those with the most serious injuries and illnesses, AFCS also provides an income stream known as the Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP). This is a tax free, index-linked monthly payment which is paid from the point of discharge for life. AFCS is a tariff system and has 15 levels from 1 (most severe) to 15 (least severe) each level covering a type of injury and body zone. If an individual isn't happy... they do have a right to appeal.

– Spokesperson, Service Personnel and Veterans Agency

VIDEO: Amputee marine fights for compensation

A former marine, who lost his leg after an explosion in Afghanistan, says the British government has fought "harder than the Taliban" against his bid for compensation.

Andy Grant has been told he must face an independent tribunal to claim the type of payout he says he deserves.

Doctors amputated part of his right leg after he was hit by shrapnel from a pair of improvised explosive devices.

But he also suffered a wound to his thigh, and Government advisers have ruled it is not serious enough to grant him more compensation.

Andy Bonner reports.

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Fight for compensation "harder than Taliban", says former marine

Andy Grant lost his leg to a Taliban bomb Credit: ITV

A former marine, who lost his leg after an explosion in Afghanistan, says the British government has fought "harder than the Taliban" against his bid for full compensation.

Andy Grant from Aintree has been told he must face an independent tribunal to claim the type of payout he says he deserves.

Andy at home in Liverpool Credit: ITV

Doctors amputated part of his right leg after he was hit by shrapnel from an improvised explosive device.

But the size of a wound in his thigh is being disputed.

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