It came after six people he knew from his time as a front-line soldier also killed themselves because they ‘couldn’t deal with the outside world’.
‘They need help from somebody that’s been there and done it – somebody who understands.
‘We have to raise this now because I don’t want another woman or child to go through this.’
The Royal British Legion is calling on the government to do more to help veterans suffering from Gulf war syndrome.
Up to 33,000 former soldiers could be living with illnesses linked to serving in the Gulf, where operations began 25 years ago, and it is not known how to effectively treat them, according to the charity.
Acute and chronic fatigue, muscle pain, cognitive problems, rashes and diarrhoea are among the symptoms, and the charity is urging the government to conduct more research into the issue.
Marie-Louise Sharp, of the Royal British Legion, which supports veterans, said: “We know the health of ill Gulf war veterans continues to be an important area for the government, which is why the Legion is calling for investment into research so we can understand how to improve the lives of those affected.
MoD anti-rape campaign launched
Photographs depicting men and women who have been raped by soldiers are the focus of a powerful campaign by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) warning service personnel that consent is always required before they have sex.
The offensive against rape will see posters with the slogan ‘Don’t kid yourself! Without consent it’s RAPE’ displayed in army barracks and training centres across the country in the coming weeks.
Independent Exclusive: The offensive will see posters with the slogan ‘Don’t kid yourself! Without consent it’s RAPE’ displayed in army barracks and training centres
Phoenix House Wood Workshop, was officially opened by Col John Bridgeman, Master of the Worshipful Company of Turners and Chairman of the Recovery Careers Services, and renowned professional woodturner and teacher, Tony Wilson.
“I wish we didn’t have to have Recovery Centres but, as we do, aren’t we glad they are like Phoenix House?” said Col Bridgeman.