British Government Withdraws Amputee Soldier’s Benefits For Walking 400m

And I thought our VA system was bad.

A soldier has spoken of his disgust after his disability benefit was axed despite losing a leg fighting for his country.

Private Aron Shelton, 26, had his left leg amputated in December 2008 after he was injured in an explosion in Helmand province, Afghanistan, a year earlier.

After an 18-month struggle, the Bridlington soldier has learned to walk a few hundred metres with the help of a prosthetic limb.

But as a result of his efforts, the Department for Work and Pensions has ruled this means he no longer needs his £180-a-month Disability Living Allowance.

From September, he will lose his allowance, which he traded in each month in return for the use of a specially-adapted car.

Pte Shelton said that without a car, his dream of rebuilding his life as a taxi driver was in tatters.

He said: “I’m disgusted, shocked and mortified.

“I risked my life and now I feel let down by the Government.

Sounds a bit like my struggles with the VA, only much worse. I waited over a year for a new prosthetic arm only to be ignored and brushed aside.  It wasn’t until a couple congressmen wrote letters that I finally received a new prosthetic arm to replace my worn out one from Walter Reed (within a week, mind you).

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