INJURED paratrooper Ben Parkinson leaves the Army today — after winning a care package that will help other wounded veterans too.
Battler Ben, who turns 35 on Sunday, lost both legs and suffered a broken pelvis and spine as well as brain damage in a blast in Afghanistan in 2006.
Last night his mum Diane Dernie confirmed the MoD and NHS have finally agreed a bespoke care package for him and around ten comrades needing round-the-clock care.
She said: “There are other things he wants to do now. And Ben has realised he’ll always be Airborne, he’ll always be a Para and he’ll always be a part of the military family.”
Lance Bombardier Ben, from Doncaster, joined the Army foundation college in 1999.
He has learned to speak and walk again and in 2008 won the Overcoming Adversity gong at the first Sun Military Awards. He received an MBE in 2013.
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He got a payout after the blast and will get a pension. But the last year has seen a fight to secure a long-term care package. He will now have access to a tax-free annual fund of £24,000 to pay for extra care.
Meanwhile the six biggest military charities have been given MoD cash to cover separate areas of long-term care.
War heroes Ben McBean and Ben Parkinson at The Sun Millies Awards at the Guildhall, London, in 2016[/caption]
Prince Charles meets meets Ben at an ABF The Soldiers Charity event[/caption]
Ben meets David Beckham at the Millies awards in 2014[/caption]
Lance Bombardier Ben with Victoria Cross winner Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry[/caption]
Afghan war’s most injured veteran Ben with Sun columnist Jeremy Clarkson[/caption]
Ben lost both legs and suffered a broken pelvis and spine as well as brain damage in a blast in Afghanistan in 2006[/caption]
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