THE council officials who blocked multi-million pound plans for a specialist unit for service men and women living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have been accused of ‘insulting the poppy’ ahead of Remembrance Sunday.
Tracy Bell, CEO of Gus Health and Wellbeing, said that she felt ‘sick to the stomach’ that council top brass will be in town on Sunday to honour the local war dead in the centenary commemorations.
“On Sunday the great and the good will gather in Antrim to remember the Fallen, and rightly so. But perhaps those same people will spare a thought for the living too.
“The people struggling with PTSD are heroes too. They have put themselves in harms way to serve Queen and country.
“The people who blocked our plans for the Steeple - a building that has been quietly rotting away since the council moved out - should reflect on their sacrifice too.
“And come Remembrance Sunday they should hang their heads in shame. By deliberately withholding support to our veterans they are insulting the poppy.”
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