NATIONAL DISGRACE: Homeless and mentally ill veterans deserve more, demands Mike Hookem & Paul Nuttall



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Originally published: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/769812/Paul-Nuttall-Ukip-Stoke-Arron-Banks-Armed-Forces-Covenant-Military-veterans-homes-for-hero

IT is a “national disgrace” that military veterans are forced to decay on Britain’s streets and suffer horrific mental health problems alone, and the Government must take action to stop this now, blasts Ukip leader Paul Nuttall.

Mr Nuttall threw his weight and that of his “entire party” behind Express.co.uk’s Homes For Heroes Campaign to get brave veterans the dignity and care they deserve.

The Armed Forces Covenant, which is “not worth the paper it’s written on”, was signed by every local authority as a promise to ex-forces personnel that hey would be given priority housing and mental health care when they leave the military – but this is categorically not happening.

An estimated 7,000 veterans are on the streets, and much more are killing themselves while they wait for Government-funded mental health care.

Sign the petition to force Theresa May’s Government to force councils to stick to their word here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/182429%20

Mr Nuttall said: “It is a national disgrace that an estimated 7,000 military veterans are being cast aside by local authorities across the country and forced to sleep rough on Britain's streets. 

“The Armed Forces Covenant, which states veterans should be given priority when it comes to housing and health care, is clearly not being enforced.

"It is a convenient piece of paper that allows the Government to seem as though they are helping veterans when they are not.

“Brave military heroes are waiting years for medical help for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), by which time many are attempting suicide, turning to alcohol or having violent mental episodes that can lead to the break down of their home life and, in some cases, custodial sentences. 

“I call on the Government to revisit this issue and make changes to the Covenant, so there is no wiggle room for local authorities and no doubt whatsoever of their obligations when it comes to Britain's veterans.

“Myself and my entire party demand veterans are given the respect, housing and mental health care they deserve NOW.”

UKIP MEP Mike Hookem, the party’s spokesman for veterans, who has backed the campaign from the start, is imploring you to sign our petition and support military veterans.

He said: “I am very proud of the support and passion that people have shown for the Homes for Heroes campaign.

“It proves just what an important and emotive issue this is to the British public. 

“I am also very proud to say that the whole of UKIP is behind this campaign and it goes to prove that we as a party are fast becoming the true defenders of the defenders.

“UKIP is now, in my opinion, the only party unified in taking veteran issues seriously and speaking for those who feel they have no voice.

Arron Banks, the man credited with winning the EU referendum by bankrolling Leave.eu, Nigel Farage and Ukip as well as the Grassroots Out campaign, has also thrown his weight behind the Homes for Heroes campaign, calling for urgent reform to the currently “useless” Armed Forces Covenant.

Patrick O’Flynn, Ukip MEP for the Eastern Region, said: “Veterans coming out of the services, putting their lives on the line for our country, should get priority and at the front of the queue when it comes to housing, healthcare and other public services.”

He was joined by the leader of Ukip Scotland, David Coburn, who called for the Government to intervene and stop the scurge of veterans' lives spiralling into substance abuse, psychological trauma and homelessness.

If the Express.co.uk gets 100,000 signatures it will be debated in Parliament, and MPs such as Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, Labour's John Woodcock, Conservative David Morris and Northern Irish MPs Jeffrey Donaldson, of the DUP, and Danny Kinahan of the Ulster Unionist Party have already backed the Homes for Heroes Campaign.

You can make the change happen now: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/182429%20

 

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