The way Britain treats its armed forces is in the spotlight as never before.
There is a suspicion that the military, and those who serve in it, are not treated with the respect they deserve.
The housing they are offered is said to be poor. The compensation and long-term care received by severely injured soldiers is far lower than their US counterparts.
Critics of the Government claim that the military covenant, the bond of responsibility between soldier and nation, has been broken.
The MoD strongly denies this, and it is may well be true that officials and politicians want to give the armed forces a fair deal.
But the case of Tina Thompson illustrates that something has gone wrong.
Mick Thompson, her husband and a soldier of 17 years' standing, was stationed in Cyprus, where he lived with his wife and child. He was killed as he travelled from his home to the military base where he worked.
The reaction of the MoD was to rule that he was not on duty when he died, and that Mrs Thompson was therefore entitled only to half the pension she had expected.
Remarkably, when a tribunal ordered it to pay the full pension, the MoD chose to appeal.
Mrs Thompson, who has a young son to look after, has chosen to fight the MoD's decision, and many people will cheer her on.
But unlike the officials who insist she is not entitled to a full widow's pension, she could pay a heavy price if she loses the case. The legal fees would leave her with little choice but to sell her home.
If Sgt Thompson had been killed in an accident on the base, his wife's pension provision would not be in doubt. But the accident took place while he was on his way - and therefore he was, apparently, not carrying out a military duty at the time.
Of course, he would not have been in Cyprus travelling from his Army-supplied accommodation to a military base if he had not been a soldier. The MoD's stance is ridiculous, and would be amusing if the lives of two people were not affected by it in such a negative way.
Ministers should prove their critics wrong by ensuring that Mrs Thompson gets the pension her husband earned, and that no future military widows have to go through the same experience.