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Doncaster Paralympian quizzes PM about payout

Mick Brennan

Mick Brennan

A paralympic skier and former soldier from Doncaster challenged David Cameron about compensation for his war injuries during a glittering reception.

Bircotes sit-skier Mick Brennan, aged 34, who was seriously wounded in a suicide bombing in Iraq in 2004, took the opportunity of meeting the Prime Minister at a reception for the Sochi Games team, to push for changes to the armed forces compensation scheme.

Mick, who recorded two top-10 finishes in the Winter Paralympics, said despite the injuries he suffered and the lack of compensation, he felt like a ‘millionaire’ because of his skiing success.

But he said the armed forces compensation scheme needs reform.

Mr Cameron told the former 30 Signal Regiment sergeant he would look into the issue.

Mick lost his legs and also suffered a brain injury in the bomb attack, but the armed forces compensation scheme came into effect only the following year, so he did not benefit.

He said: “They brought the compensation in from April 2005. That was the line in the sand. Anyone on the other side – unlucky.

“I’m not going to count on anything.

“I’m just focusing on my sporting career and if anything comes, it comes.” Bircotes sit-skier Mick Brennan, aged 34, who was seriously wounded in a suicide bombing in Iraq in 2004, took the opportunity of meeting the Prime Minister at a reception for the Sochi Games team, to push for changes to the armed forces compensation scheme.

Mick, who recorded two top-10 finishes in the Winter Paralympics, said despite the injuries he suffered and the lack of compensation, he felt like a ‘millionaire’ because of his skiing success.

But he said the armed forces compensation scheme needs reform.

Mr Cameron told the former 30 Signal Regiment sergeant he would look into the issue.

Mick lost his legs and also suffered a brain injury in the bomb attack, but the armed forces compensation scheme came into effect only the following year, so he did not benefit.

He said: “They brought the compensation in from April 2005. That was the line in the sand. Anyone on the other side – unlucky.

“I’m not going to count on anything.

“I’m just focusing on my sporting career and if anything comes, it comes.” Bircotes sit-skier Mick Brennan, aged 34, who was seriously wounded in a suicide bombing in Iraq in 2004, took the opportunity of meeting the Prime Minister at a reception for the Sochi Games team, to push for changes to the armed forces compensation scheme.

Mick, who recorded two top-10 finishes in the Winter Paralympics, said despite the injuries he suffered and the lack of compensation, he felt like a ‘millionaire’ because of his skiing success.

But he said the armed forces compensation scheme needs reform.

Mr Cameron told the former 30 Signal Regiment sergeant he would look into the issue.

Mick lost his legs and also suffered a brain injury in the bomb attack, but the armed forces compensation scheme came into effect only the following year, so he did not benefit.

He said: “They brought the compensation in from April 2005. That was the line in the sand. Anyone on the other side – unlucky.

“I’m not going to count on anything.

“I’m just focusing on my sporting career and if anything comes, it comes.”

 

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