THE Sun can today reveal that the mental health scandal afflicting traumatised troops has led to a surge in the number of military heroes being sent to jail. Having been denied help when they needed it most, more and more servicemen and women are turning to drink and drugs.
As many as 20,000 are in prison, on probation or parole, costing taxpayers £250million a year. The shameful toll was revealed as The Sun's StresS.O.S. campaign gathered momentum. We demand that all troops returning from Afghanistan have an appointment with an independent psychiatrist, that payouts for mental health issues are in line with those for physical injuries and that an all-party body is set up to organise a unified method of treatment.
The MoD said yesterday that 3.5 per cent of the prison population is ex-Forces. Charities say this soars when you include those on probation, parole or community service.
Around 4,000 troops have been diagnosed with a mental disorder.
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