Ben Parkinson after his injury
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Soldier injured in Afghanistan faces 'forced discharge'

One of the most seriously injured soldiers to have served in Afghanistan says that he is being forced out of the Army.

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson was with the Royal Horse Artillery in Afghanistan when the Land Rover he was riding in was ripped apart by an anti-tank mine in September 2006.

He lost both legs, suffered brain damage, broke his back and was told he would never walk or talk again.

The 27-year-old has been having treatment funded by the Ministry of Defence but his family have received a letter from the Army Medical Services Board that is recommending a medical discharge.

His mother Diane Dernie, who acts as his spokesperson, told Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire about her concerns for her son's recovery.

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  • 28 Sep 2011