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Royal British Legion: 'we must consider veterans' wider needs'

The Royal British Legion in Wales says it working with both the Welsh Government and local health boards to ensure that ex-soldiers who have lost limbs while on active service get the treatment they deserve.

I think we need to be looking at a more holistic approach which brings in the armed forces champions which are now in place by local health boards and local authorities to provide not only that immediate care for a veteran, but also look at their wider needs

– Phil Jones, Royal British Legion Wales

One ex-serviceman Peter Bowker of Connahs Quay, whose leg was amputated below the knee, says that after leaving the army he struggled to get fa new prosthetic limb as his local health authority did not have the cash.

When I moved back to Wales the first six months of being a civilian my prosthetic leg was being held together by duct tape.

I did eventually get the funding for a new one. More and more soldiers will be coming back to Wales without limbs and the government here needs to be prepared.

– Peter Bowker

Recently the Royal British Legion wrote to a group of Welsh MPs saying there was a need to ensure veterans in Wales are able to make use of their right to priority access to medical treatment as they do in England.

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Mother of fallen soldier helps launch Poppy Appeal

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake
Guardsman Jamie Shadrake was killed in Afghanistan in August Credit: Ministry of Defence

The mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan has helped launch this year's Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Cathryn Griffiths, whose son Guardsman Jamie Shadrake died in August, attended the launch of the appeal at Flint High School, along with Olympic Gold Medallist Jade Jones.

Ms Griffiths said: "The Legion provides immediate support and life-long care to Armed Forces families in need.

"The Poppy Appeal makes it possible for the Legion to help Armed Forces families with £1.7million every week in direct welfare support - that's £90 million each year, answering more than 165,000 calls for help."

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