They send young men and women far away from home into combat zones where they witness awful things we can't even imagine. They suffer the trauma of losing close friends and colleagues, often violently and before their eyes. Every day they live with the knowledge that they might come to a similar end. This is part and parcel of being in the Armed Forces but we have to recognise the effect that this constant trauma can have on people.
You would think, wouldn't you, that we would look after these people when they return? That their injuries to both their physical and mental health would be properly treated.
No chance. Victoria Cross winning Iraq veteran Johnson Beharry has told how the Governemnt fails to ensure that veterans receive adequate health care.
It is despicable that we put people in harm's way and fail to look after them properly when they return.