||<p>The Government believes that the country owes a particular debt of gratitude to
those Service personnel who suffer life-changing injuries.<br><br>The Ministry of
Defence therefore continues to improve the support that it offers to such personnel.
In particular we now operate a Seriously Injured Leavers Protocol (SIL) which aims
to ensure the identification of and ongoing support for, those Service leavers deemed
likely to be medically discharged due to a severe physical or mental disablement.<br><br>This
identification is based upon defined major disabling medical criteria, whilst the
support is organised through the closer working of MOD in-Service and post Service
welfare groups. The MOD’s Veterans Welfare Service proactively intervenes for 24 months
and then maintains contact as required but at least yearly on the anniversary of discharge.
Full details of the SIL protocol are available at the following website: http://www.veterans-uk.info/welfare/protocol_new.html</p>