A Disabled Army veteran is relying on food donations after his benefits were cut by more than £500

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An Army veteran barely able to walk a few steps is relying on food donations after his benefits were cut by more than £500 Mark Smith, 46, is virtually housebound and claims he would have starved without food parcels from other veterans

Struggling to live: Mark says he has no money for food (Photo: Mark Smith)

In brief

  • Worked all his life since leaving the Army and was fit and active
  • Mystery pain in his neck was diagnosed as debilitating spine condition in 2016
  • Left unable to cook, clean and walk, he relied on benefits to live Amount he received has since been cut by over £500, leaving him with no money for food

When Mark Smith left the Army after six years to pursue a career in care, he never imagined that he would one day be the person relying on others to survive. The fit, active father-of-two worked hard looking after youngsters at a children’s home, with a second job teaching English…

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