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A study has confirmed more than 60,000 armed forces veterans in the UK have broken the law, are homeless and or are suffering from mental health problems, .
The scale of their struggle to adjust to civilian life brought accusations that ministers were failing men and women who had risked their lives for their country.
According to the analysis, some 50,000 are coping with mental health conditions, 10,000 are in prison, on parole or on probation and 6,000 have no permanent address.
We feel ex service men and women have been let down greatly after serving and protecting our country and thousands suffering from PTSD are also homeless. Many are on the streets of London and around the UK, we are hoping by raising awareness and money we can directly help those who are suffering most.
Plaid Cymru, which compiled the figures through parliamentary questions, academic research and military charities, said the actual figures were likely to be far higher.
Liz Saville Roberts, its justice spokeswoman, said the party had been campaigning for better care for veterans for a decade. “Our research shows that the problem is still rife, and the Government needs to start taking its duty of care seriously,” she said.
Ministers have disclosed that more than 25,000 veterans received mental health treatment in 2016-17, but the Mental Health Foundation says only half ask for help, implying there are 50,000 former military personnel with mental health issues.
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