As the elder brother of a soldier currently serving in Afghanistan my heart goes out to those families who have recently lost loved ones there.
This week I have also known very well the sick feeling that goes into the pit of your stomach when an announcement comes through that someone from the armed forces has been killed in action or injured over there.
I hope that there will lessons learned and fewer soldiers will lose their lives. May the Ministry of Defence work harder and faster to improve the quality of the protective kit out there.
Good luck to the lads and lassies out there who are doing a great job.