Ben Parkinson volunteered to serve his country on the Afghan front line - and paid a terrible price.
The young paratrooper suffered a total of 37 terrible injuries when he was blown up by a landmine.
He lost both his legs and sustained grievous damage to his spine, skull, pelvis, hands, spleen and ribcage, leaving him in a coma for months.
Incredibly, 23-year-old Ben is still alive almost a year later - according to his doctors the most badly-injured soldier ever to survive.
All his mother wants is to buy a bungalow (house) so she can care for him there.
Yet as recompense for his ruined life, Ben has been offered only £152,150 - little more than half the maximum award for maimed military personnel and less than a third of the £484,000 doled out to an RAF typist who claimed she had suffered repetitive strain injury to her thumb.
After all, everybody knows that a typist sitting on her ass in a comfortable office is a far more important part of the military than a mere soldier.
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