Today’s defence media looks at the D-Day memorial, the Iraq Afghanistan memorial and healthcare provisions for service personnel.
The Sunday Telegraph, Independent, Mail on Sunday and Sunday Express all report that that government has set aside £20m in Wednesday’s budget to the campaign for a national memorial to British and allied forces who died during the D-Day landings in 1944. The memorial will be due to be unveiled on the 75th anniversary of D-Day on 6 June 2019.
Iraq Afghanistan Memorial
The Sun has reported on the upcoming unveiling of the Iraq Afghanistan memorial that will happen on 9th March. It also includes comments from Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon who noted that more than 300,000 warriors took part in the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, with many receiving life-long injuries and almost 700 making the supreme sacrifice.
Medical care for Service Personnel
The Sun writes that more than 900 injured troops were given private healthcare last year.
A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said:
The NHS proudly provides the vast majority of treatment for our Armed Forces, but we will occasionally fund additional healthcare over and above what they might provide for the general public.
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