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Injured soldier overcomes adversity to carry Olympic Flame

"Surviving his injuries in the first instance showed his mental and physical robustness, but in getting to this point he's demonstrated determination and spirit that's nothing short of inspiring. "He is an extremely fitting individual to carry the Olympic Torch, and I'm sure his fortitude and fighting spirit will be an example to many. I know that everyone who's served alongside Ben would want me to pass on their admiration and best wishes to him today, and for his continuing recovery. He is a fantastic example of the moral and physical courage of an airborne soldier." LBdr Parkinson joined the Army in September 2000 after completing basic training at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate. He joined 7 Para RHA in December 2001 and deployed on operational tours to Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan before he was injured. Please tell us what you think about government news on t...

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