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Military veteran 'accused of killing innocent people by Specsavers employee'

Patrick Christys
Feb 26, 2019

A British war hero was allegedly accused of 'killing innocent people' before being refused a priority appointment at Specsavers.

Specsavers has reportedly suspended an employee and launched an investigation after the alleged incident at a store branch in Suffolk.

Veterans are supposed to be given priority healthcare after they've served Queen and country - which is the very least this nation owes these brave men and women.

But, despite 32 years as a serving member of the British Army, Steve Leale claims he was faced with a barrage of hateful comments by a member of the Specsavers team.

Mr Leale said: "The trip started with a pleasant conversation with a separate member of staff who helped put my disabled wife at ease.

“I chatted with my optician through my appointment. Afterwards, the optician approached me and recommended I was referred to the hospital as my eyesight had deteriorated.

“I asked if they could kindly annotate the paperwork to state I was a veteran, as is part of the Forces Charter.”

If these claims are true then it's absolutely shocking. Veterans have put their lives on the line for this nation and they deserve all the help and respect in the world.

The Specsavers store has now suspended an employee and launched an investigation.

A Specsavers spokesman told the East Anglian Daily Times: “An employee has been suspended pending a disciplinary investigation into comments made to a customer at the Woodbridge store.

“The alleged comments do not represent the views of Specsavers, who are active supporters of Blind Veterans UK, a charity which cares for former military personnel with sight problems.”

Military Cross recipient, Trevor Coult, who appears frequently on A Spokesman Said's sponsored radio station Love Sport Radio, said veterans face wanton discrimination as they try to go about their daily lives.

He said: "Veterans get discriminated against in pubs, in shops, it happens everywhere.

“You have to remember that these people are walking about, keeping themselves to themselves, looking for jobs in civilian life, often with physical or mental injuries.

“They don’t need abuse on top of that.

He added: “Veterans don’t get much – this isn’t the way Steve deserves to be treated after giving 32 years of his life for his country.”

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