It's a wonderful idea, adopted from America. It removes massive worries financial and otherwise, from the shoulders of the family, and boosts the morale and health of the wounded soldiers by the fact that they know they have their families around them when they need them, and that they are safe and being looked after.
So far so good.
Then we were told that it cost £4 million to build. And that that money had been raised by charities.
We send these lads off to fight halfway across the world and when they get hurt, badly, we, as a country, can't provide their families with accommodation close to the one hospital that has the proper facilities to help them, sometimes hundreds of miles from their homes?
In the vast budget of the fourth largest military budget on the face of the Earth, the government can't find £4 measly million to pay for accommodation for the injured troops' families?
You couldn't make that up.
They found billions to stage a 'prestigious' Olympic Games in London including unknown billions on security after their security fell flat on its face; they found millions to set up the security for G8 heads of government and state in Northern ireland and millions more to accommodate and entertain them; they spent millions on the Queen's jubilee, and £8 million for a funeral for Mrs Thatcher, all without blinking an eye.
Obviously somethings are just far more important to them than the lives of the lads they send off to fight for their glory.
And they have the nerve to imply that Scotland wouldn't be able to cope on our own.
Anyone who knows me, either personally or through what I have written, will know that I'm not a huge fan of the military.
Indeed our future as a tiny military power is one of the (many) things that appeal to me about being independent.
And I don't get dewy eyed about "our boys"; I don't believe that they are all hallowed heros; some, of course, are exactly that, while some of them are just thugs.
But what I do believe is that if we insist on poking our noses where they don't belong and in doing so we injure and maim some of our troops, then we owe these guys the best we can afford when they wheel them home. And that includes taking away the worry of what happens to their families.
That we leave this work to charity, when it costs so very very little, makes me wonder if what members of the aristocracy and royals have been insisting for the longest time is true:
The ruling class really is another species.