A former marine who lives in Westhoughton who lost his leg in an explosion in Afghanistan has won his right to disability benefits after a tribunal ruled in his favour.
Aaron Moon requested a tribunal when the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) turned him down for continued monthly Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Carers benefits, classing him as no longer disabled.
The independent panel, which was given medical evidence showing the 24-year-old suffered great pain and needs further surgery, ordered the DWP to reinstate the £100-a-week DLA, back-dated from November when it was removed.
Aaron, a former Aspull Rugby Union Club player, said: “The panel realised I was still disabled and ordered the DWP to give me my allowance back.
“I am glad I have won, but I am aggrieved that I had to go through the whole process. DWP spokesman said: “In future seriously injured members of the armed forces will automatically get the support they need and won’t have to do a separate assessment.”