Ex-soldier Stuart Kennell, from Prestwich, suffering with severe PTSD denied benefits payment by government

Stuart Kennell, who suffers with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), discovered last week that the government had deemed him not eligible for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which is designed to help with the extra costs caused by long-term illness or a disability.

The 30-year-old, who lives with parents Janet and Steve Kennell in Bannerman Avenue, Prestwich, is currently unable to work because of his condition and claims a basic sickness benefit, but was denied the extra payment because he is still physically fit.

He is also partially deaf in one ear after being involved in several traumatic incidents while serving his country as a private in the Royal Logistics Corps in Afghanistan in 2008 and 2009.

Mrs Kennell, aged 56, said: “He was blown up twice and electrocuted while he was in Afghanistan.

“The government said he is not eligible for PIP because he can dress and feed himself, but they don’t understand how deeply his PTSD affects us.

“It makes things really difficult for him and for us too, because we can’t really leave him alone. The government need to recognise how serious an illness PTSD is.

“He has kept trying to work but he can’t do it, and we are limited as to how much we can support him.”

Read more: http://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/14472477.Ex_soldier_suffering_with_severe_PTSD_denied_benefits_payment_by_government/

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