A former paratrooper who had a sex-change operation has won a £250,000 payout for hurt feelings after being ordered to wear a man’s army uniform.
Jan Hamilton, formerly Captain Ian Hamilton, was awarded the sum by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in an out-of-court settlement after claiming that she was humiliated by the order.
The size of the payout will outrage veterans who have received far lower awards for being injured in the line of duty. Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, 23, who lost both legs and suffered brain damage after triggering a Taliban landmine was initially offered £152,000. Although described by doctors as the worst injured soldier ever to survive, the MoD only raised his payout to £285,000 after a campaign from soldiers’ families.
According to current MoD settlements soldiers receive £57,000 for the loss of a leg and £285,000 for the loss of both arms or legs.
Yesterday Hamilton said she was happy with the settlement. Of the payouts to other soldiers, she said: “I count my blessings I came home in one piece. My thoughts go out to anyone serving out there in a uniform.”
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