Vital support for veterans

Veterans march through Fleetwood Memorial Park and (below) Coun Terry Rogers.
Veterans march through Fleetwood Memorial Park and (below) Coun Terry Rogers.
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A champion of the armed forces is rallying doctors to make sure veterans in Wyre are getting the help they need.

Coun Terry Rogers will be speaking with GPs over the coming weeks to ensure members of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force are receiving the priority healthcare they are entitled to.

Coun Terry Rogers

Coun Terry Rogers

He said: “For some years now the servicemen who were injured were supposed to be getting personal treatment for the GPs through jumping the queue.

“It’s very difficult to get a grip of how GPs are using the directive from the NHS on this.

“The new GP consortiums are fully aware of this so they should be taking this on.”

The NHS says “all veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS hospital care for any condition, as long as it is related to their service, 
whether or not they receive a war pension”.

A statement adds: “Veterans are encouraged to tell their GP about their veteran status in order to benefit from priority treatment.

“A minority of people leaving the armed forces need access to mental health services; others might require it later in civilian life.”

As well as his work with GPs, Coun Rogers, Wyre’s Armed Forces Champion, has brought in a central Government proposal to help veterans find homes.

He will present a report on his work in the role over the last 12 months during Thursday’s Wyre Full Council meeting.

He said: “Apart from the health issues, we have already detailed a policy on affordable housing with all veterans in a Band D property.

“Any service leavers can go into a higher category of social housing which they previously weren’t able to do.”

Coun Rogers has also helped to implement a scheme which will see new housing developments named after Wyre war heroes.

The schemes have been backed by the Thornton Cleveleys Royal British Legion, on Rough Lea Road, Cleveleys.

Manager John Walker has supported one of his friends who came back from Afghanistan with a neurological disorder caused by low sodium levels.

He said: “It’s important to do this because people want help.

“A good friend of mine came back and was in a really bad way.

“If there’s someone who can help it’s brilliant.”

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