Blunt attack over troop equipment
Singer and former soldier James Blunt has criticised the "dire state" of equipment given to British soldiers.
Speaking ahead of a Heroes Concert in London on Sunday, Blunt said it was "shocking" that service personnel were "obliged" to raise money to help injured colleagues and their families.
Blunt, writing in The Sun newspaper, said more needed to be done to help British forces fighting in Afghanistan.
He said: "At the moment, they are struggling. We're sending guys and girls to do specific jobs but not giving them the tools to do them properly.
"I recently visited troops in Afghanistan and it brought home the dire state of the equipment our heroes are expected to put up with."
Blunt, 36, is one of a host of stars set to perform to a crowd of 60,000 at Twickenham Stadium, south west London, in a concert to raise money for the Help the Heroes charity.
The event will see Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow perform together on stage for the first time in 15 years.
Other stars appearing include Alexandra Burke, Pixie Lott, Plan and The Saturdays.
Blunt said the concert was crucial to raise money for troops.
"Soldiers put in their own pay to help out injured colleagues and their families," he said.