Sir: This is a small postscript to Vera Lynn's Another View (10 August) concerning help available to veterans of the Second World War. The War Pensions Agency basically does a splendid job for those entitled to Disability Pensions. It also has to ensure that War Pensions are not given to those not entitled to them.
May I quote one small anomaly. Entitlement to an annual pension is based upon 50 per cent for loss of one limb and 100 per cent for two. In 1944, I was unlucky that a sniper's bullet through my head paralysed my left side and destroyed hearing in my right ear. I was awarded a 100 per cent Disability Pension for loss of left arm and leg. Ten years later, I applied for increased pension to take account of my loss of hearing. I was told "You already have 100 per cent pension. It is impossible to award you more than 100 per cent."
The logic is bureaucratically irrefutable!
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