Who says our soldiers don't get enough compensation?
A single mother who sued the Army after alleging that she had received inadequate assistance with childcare is seeking £1.14 million pounds in damages, it emerged yesterday.
The Army was found to have made “disproportionate” demands on Ms DeBique, who was recruited from the Caribbean island of St Vincent in 2001. She argued successfully that she was expected to be ready to deploy at all times but immigration rules prevented her relatives from helping her with childcare.
Tilern DeBique, 28, says she was forced to leave the Army because she was expected to be available for duty around the clock.
She was formally disciplined when she failed to appear on parade because she had to look after her daughter.
She was told the Army was a 'war-fighting machine' and 'unsuitable for a single mother who couldn't sort out her childcare arrangements'.
For £1.14 million she could have a level 2 injury, say "Loss of both legs above knee", a level 3 and a 4 injury, say "Loss of both arms below elbow", and a level 5, 6, 7, 8 ,9. and 10. Plus a couple of 11s - say "Severe facial scarring which produces a poor cosmetic result despite camouflage." and a "High velocity gun shot wound, deep shrapnel fragmentation or one or more puncture wounds (or all or any combination of these injuries) to the head and neck, chest, back, abdomen or limb, with damage to one or more vital structures causing permanent significant functional limitation and restriction."
And there would still be the loose change to pay for a level 12, 13, 14 and 15 injury...