Severity of injuries soldiers face and the grit and determination to not let that affect them once they leave the armed forces.
As a niche practice, specialising in military claims including, we at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd have never been in any doubt as to how committed and proud our troops are to represent our country.
We have pursued successful claims for very many members of the armed forces who have sustained avoidable serious injuries. These have included many brain injury claims, amputation claims and spinal cord injury claims.
In recent weeks, it has emerged that 3 military personnel have died whilst participating in the intensive Special Forces Aptitude Test in blistering 28°C. This is a tragedy that could and should have been prevented.
Further, it has recently been publicly reported that more than 600 British troops have suffered serious brain injury many of which are caused by road side bombs in Afghanistan.
This statistic provides a further reminder of the commitment shown daily by our troops and of how much they need and deserve our support
Fundraising events are a great way for us all to provide moral and financial support for our injured service personnel. A fundraising event can be in the form of a bake sale or as adventurous as a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. Currently assault courses such as that of Tough Mudder are attracting more and more people to participate and raise money for charities such as Help for Heroes. Tough Mudder events are hardcore and consist of a 12 mile obstacle course designed by the Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie.
Tough Mudder report that over 1 million people worldwide have taken part in their events. Participants in these events are an inspiration to us all but perhaps few if any more so than Lance Bombardier James Simpson who is set to participate in a Spartan Race full of surprise obstacles from mud crawls and ice-pit plunges to cargo net climbs and fire log leaps. Organizers of the event have dubbed it ‘an event of pure, primitive, craziness’. However what makes Lance Bombardier James Simpson stand out from the rest is that he is a double amputee. He lost both his legs in an explosion whilst serving in Afghanistan.
Lance Bombardier James Simpson’s determination and courage is truly phenomenal and raises the bar for everyone in terms of contributing to such charitable events and showing support for the exceptional people who make up our armed forces.