Betrayed: Iraq hero is placed behind criminals in queue for a home
This is shocking. A young man, who has given his life to defend his country, has to beg for a house and then gets put at the back of the queue – behind the unemployed and asylum seekers! How about these asylum seekers do a tour of duty prior to getting any tax payer hand-outs? I bet the numbers applying for asylum fall dramatically.
It claimed that because he was leaving the Army he was deliberately making himself homeless. The bizarre loophole could affect thousands of military personnel when they end their service.
Pte MacDonald, 25, completed a gruelling seven-month tour of duty with the Royal Logistic Corps in southern Iraq in 2006. He fought gun battles with Iraqi insurgents as he protected Army convoys carrying food, fuel, ammunition and kit to troops in UK bases around the British-held part of the country.
Last year he decided to quit the regiment to spend more time with his family and began searching for accommodation once his final posting in Germany ends this month.
He was born and brought up in Bexley, south-east London, and his parents still live there. But he was stunned when the council refused to provide a house for him and his wife Rachael, 21, and children Ellen-May, four, Harry-Joe, 19 months, and baby Maissy-Ann.
Pte MacDonald said officials told him that because he was making himself homeless by voluntarily leaving Army quarters, he was ineligible for any property at all.
Later, they offered the family the hostel room where they would have to share a bathroom, kitchen and living room with other families. He said: ‘I have put my life on the line. I have been to war and spent nine years in service for this country. It is absolutely disgusting that it is not recognised.
‘I am retraining as an IT engineer and desperately need somewhere for my family to stay as I won’t earn enough initially to afford private accommodation.
‘It seems incredible that no one can find me a council house to live in while I find my feet. It seems like people in the Army are last on the list to be given help.’
In 2008, the Ministry of Defence pledged to give fairer treatment to forces’ families