The Military department discusses the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS), and the failings of the Government in providing inadequate support and compensation for veterans.
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) was designed to help veterans live a full and dignified life post-service. However, a recent article from The Telegraph suggests that the scheme “damages people” and leaves them with “no trust in or respect for the process.”
Those who have attempted to place an AFCS claim are faced with a “flawed system” which experiences long delays and attempts to downplay injuries to minimise financial pay-outs.
These claims echo the experiences of James Hill, a former Royal Marine, who was injured in Afghanistan when raiding a Taliban compound. James had his hip shattered by a high-velocity bullet resulting in internal complications and endless treatment. However, the AFCS categorised his injury as a leg fracture, and he only received an “adequate” financial award after seven years of haggling.
However, the failings of the AFCS go deeper than the level of compensation. The Telegraph also recounts experiences whereby injured soldiers have been “laughed at” and “belittled” by officials involved in awarding pay-outs.