2008
12.15

Wounded war heroes will get up to £570,000 after the Government doubled maximum compensation payments.

The MoD caved in over the £285,000 limit after 75% of Brits said damages for badly injured personnel were “insulting”.

An enhanced Armed Forces Compensation Scheme will now backdate payments to April 2005 when the scheme is introduced.

More than £10million in additional compensations will be paid to 2,700 servicemen and women. It is a huge victory for campaigners fighting to help heroes like Ben McBean, 21.

The marine – hailed “the real hero” by Prince Harry, 24 – received just £161,000 after losing an arm and a leg in a blast in Afghanistan.

Lance-Bombardier Ben Parkinson, 24, got £152,150 after losing his legs taking on the Taliban.

Private Jamie Cooper, 19, was awarded just £57,000 for horrific injuries to his arm and stomach in Basra.

The campaigners included the Royal British Legion, ex-SAS soldier-turned-author Andy McNab, 48, and the National Gulf Veterans and Families’ Association. The MoD was accused of “betrayal” over  massive compo handouts.

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