December 23, 2017
In the reply, Mr Ellwood admitted almost one in five of all troops medically discharged from the Army in the 12 months to April had mental illness.
Trevor Coult ended up homeless and attempted suicide after he was discharged following his PTSD diagnosis (Image: PA)There were 499 soldiers with mental health problems kicked out of the Army last year, a defence chief has admitted.
Troops suffering illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety were told they were no longer fit to serve.
Many who were medically discharged say that losing their jobs and often homes made their illness worse, driving some to the brink of suicide. The disclosure was made in a letter from defence minister Tobias Ellwood to decorated hero Trevor Coult, a staff sergeant shown the door after developing PTSD.
Trevor won the Military Cross after killing three would-be suicide bombers in Iraq. He wrote to the MoD urging better treatment for PTSD sufferers.
He said: “I was sent home on sick leave and no one contacted me for 11 months. Then I got a letter saying my employment was being terminated and I had 28 days to vacate my MoD property or I’d be evicted and my family moved to sheltered accommodation. I was devastated. My salary of £36,000 had gone and I was homeless. I became depressed quickly and attempted suicide. The money I received from the MoD lasted just a couple of months.
“We now know hundreds of soldiers with PTSD are being forced out every year and the Government washes its hands of them. They need help and support.”
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