Brave Ben backs campaign to support troops

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HEROIC Doncaster paratrooper Ben Parkinson has backed a national campaign to ensure wounded war heroes receive priority healthcare treatment.

Ben, Britain’s most seriously injured soldier to survive the war in Afghanistan, wants Prime Minister David Cameron to fulfill his promise to get the Military Covenant enshrined in law.

The Covenant will give soldiers priority NHS treatment and a lifelong right to mental healthcare.

Bessacarr man Ben, 27, who suffered brain damage and lost both legs in a landmine explosion in September 2006, faced a tough battle with the Ministry of Defence to get the vital treatment he needed.

He said: “David Cameron should honour his pledge. It may be too late to change what happened to me, but it will help others in the future.

“If the Military Covenant was enshrined in law I wouldn’t have had such a difficult time.”