The disgraceful treatment of Black Watch soldier, William Brown, and his family by Fife Council after he was made redundant by the army is a disgrace.
William served in the army for 9 years from the age of 15 and fought for his country in Afghanistan and Iraq, winning medals for his service. William and his wife Traceyanne will lose their army home when he finally has to leave the army.
Fife council are refusing to house the family, saying that William has no connection to the area even though William grew up in the area and his relatives live there. William told The Express “Considering what I have done for my country, I feel let down.”
The couple are still mourning the loss of their son, Jack, who was stillborn in August last year.
Sadly, William and Tracyanne’s situation is not unique.
Many ex-servicemen who have given huge parts of their lives in the most horrific circumstances have found they are rejected in their time of need.
Jason Eadie who served his country for 24 years in the Scots Guards, and who has a son with cerebral paisy has been told he and his family may have to wait for up to 15 years for a home.
It is estimated that up to 5000 ex-servicemen and women are homeless or sleeping rough in Scotland.
These ex-servicemen and women have been used by the government, and then just cast aside when they no longer serve their purpose.
It is not just the councils who are to blame. The whole system of ensuring those who have served their country have their basic needs taken care of is abysmal. People who have given significant periods of their lives, and for many serving in the forces is the only adult life they have known, should be looked after – at least by ensuring that their basic needs are met when they leave service.
The government seem more concerned with wasting money on quangos and fiddling their own expenses than taking care of human beings who have done their dirty work.