The independent London newspaper

Many on the streets are ex-armed forces – why?

08 November, 2018

• FROM late October until mid November, everyone who appears on the television – news, chat shows, panel games – is wearing a big red poppy to support the Royal British Legion charity.

People donate generously to assist those who have been wounded or traumatised serving in our armed forces.

Meanwhile our city streets at night are like open wards for the casualties of our flawed society – and disproportionately many of them are ex-servicemen unable to adjust to civilian life.

How can this be? Where is the money going? And is the exhibitionist compassion in our TV studios an illusion that evaporates in the cold, dark November nights?



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