Their lives and their bodies have been shattered but fighting spirit remains - now wounded servicemen and women are looking to the future with confidence. Soldiers, disabled in battle, will get the most up to date artificial limbs available. Charlotte Wilkins reports.
The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says it is a top priority to give injured troops the best care and support.
The benefits of the new legs:
- Dramatically improve the quality of life for rehabilitation amputees
- The leg will provide better stability
- It will allow for more mobility
- Improvements in the ability to step over obstacles, negotiate stairs and walk backwards safely
Around 160 individuals who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, will benefit from Government funds for the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs available.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "One of this Government's top priorities has always been to give our troops the best possible care and support."
Mr Hammond said he was "delighted" to announce funds of £6.5 million which will be used to ensure UK servicemen and veterans injured in Afghanistan or Iraq have the opportunity to "upgrade to the most technologically advanced prosthetics currently available."
Whitehall will today announce a funding boost to guarantee leg amputees get the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs available.
The £6.5 million which will fund this has been made available by the Chancellor from the Treasury's Special Reserve.
The leg will be the same as the one used by British Paralympic discus thrower Derek Derenalagi.