At least a dozen have died in suspected suicides since pledge – with veterans feeling ‘betrayed’
At least 12 soldiers and ex-soldiers have died in suspected suicides since Boris Johnson said veterans’ welfare was a Tory priority in June.
Three were still in service, one was a reservist and eight had left the forces.
The latest deaths mean at least 50 have died in suspected suicides this year – making the total 134 since January last year.
But the true figure could be much higher.
The MoD does not keep records so most figures are estimates. Ex-Royal Marine Sgt Major Jeff Williams, who runs the Veterans Against Suicide Facebook page, stormed: “The veterans community feel totally betrayed by this government.”
The latest serving victims were Royal Scots Dragoon Guardsman Sgt Gordon Adam, Bradley Parks-Duckett, 21, of 26 Engineer Regiment; Sion Rosier, 20, of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards and Capt Gary Case, 50, an 8 Rifles reservist. Last week we told how Capt Case, 50, died weeks after getting an MBE.
The eight veterans had seen action in Iraq, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. It is understood several had PTSD or mental health conditions.
Boris Johnson announced in June he would create a veterans minister if made PM. Ex-Army captain Johnny Mercer was made Under Secretary of State for Defence People and Veterans in July.
Mr Mercer, MP for Plymouth Moor, said: “I am confident we are doing more than we ever have to tackle this issue.”
The People’s Save Our Soldiers campaign is highlighting government inaction over mental health care for troops.
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