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A young man from Ely who served 18 months in Afghanistan has spoken out about living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and how it has impacted on his life.
The young man told an online publication how he had always dreamed of joining the army and at 19 years old he began serving in the 2nd Battalion the Royal Welsh in Afghanistan.
For one of his jobs, he was charged with moving checkpoints and checking for mines in Helmand Province. Explosions occurred while he was inside a personnel carrier as it was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device. The explosions tore wheels off the vehicle before a second explosion occurred.
He said the blasts were deafening and he was surrounded by darkness immediately following the attack. He tried to help colleagues and shouted out but heard nothing back.
During the scene, the man saw an Afghan police officer blown to pieces and described it as ‘horrific’. Some of the soldiers he was with were seriously injured and the young man says he felt ‘lucky to be alive’ with only what he thought was a jarred back.
He said that it was only when he went home that he felt the full effects of PTSD. His mum says that when he did come home, he returned as a different person. The man said he became jumpy and suffered nightmares and other sleeping problems.
He began drinking to numb the pain and anxiety but his back condition worsened and he was transferred to a desk job. This compounded his feelings of frustration and he realised how much he had relied on being physically fit to relieve his stress. He says that he felt so bad at times that he had considered suicide.
He was discharged in June this year after Army doctors diagnosed him with PTSD and since then he has been trying to rebuild his life despite still suffering from panic attacks.
In a bid to help raise funds for soldiers suffering from PTSD the young man will be serving as official ‘backup support’ for runners taking part in the 870 m Walk on Wales charity run. He will be driving alongside participants who will be running on the Wales Coastal Path. Proceeds will go towards helping servicemen and women who have suffered PTSD.
Speaking about PTSD, the young man says: “In the army, you’re trained not to show emotion. I just want others to know there are people out there who can help and it helps to talk.”
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Published on 16th February 2015.