Help for Heroes fights for injured Veterans to have access to the DNRC Stanford Hall

Tuesday 14 May 2019

In our latest efforts to champion the wounded, Help for Heroes is calling on the Government to allow injured Veterans better access to the new DMRC Stanford Hall. This would mean those who Served in the Armed Forces and lost limbs in combat, or who have ongoing complex musculoskeletal rehabilitation or neurological needs, are able to access the best level of support available.

Veterans are currently being denied essential support because the DNRC is only allowing access to those still Serving.

Help for Heroes’ CEO Mel Waters said:

“Some Veterans, no matter when they were injured, will need rehabilitation for many years to come. The support offered at DMRC to those still Serving is second to none, and we believe former-Service Personnel with extensive musculoskeletal injuries, ongoing physiotherapy, neurological and orthotic support needs also deserve to access this specialist support. Many of our Veterans feel let down at being excluded, especially after giving so much to their country.”

At present only very few Veterans who are experiencing serious issues with their prosthetics are able to apply for access – and even then, it is not an efficient process.

Head of Clinical Welfare at Help for Heroes, Carol Betteridge, said:

“The aim of the Murrison review was to ensure that Veterans are able to access the same level of prosthetic care and rehabilitation as they received at Headley Court. This is not happening. It is clear the only way Veterans will get the treatment they deserve is by allowing them access to DMRC Stanford Hall.”

Help for Heroes is calling on the MOD to recognise that some operationally-wounded Veterans would really benefit from the expertise of the DNRC specialists, environment and facilities, in order to facilitate their ongoing complex rehabilitation needs.

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