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.’
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
A former soldier from Melton Mowbray says he has considered killing himself, because of a rare neurological condition for which there is no cure.
Thomas Agnew – who served with the Royal Artillery and was stationed in Droitwich – was diagnosed with temporary locked-in syndrome in 2013.
When former Lance-Corporal Mark Dryden walked in to be assessed for the new incapacity benefit, the doctor asked him if he was right-handed. If it was a joke, it was lost on the soldier, whose right arm was blown off in Iraq by a roadside bomb that killed a close friend. Eight years after being promised that Britain would honour its duty to him as an amputee war veteran, Mr Dryden, 35, who has severely limited use of his other arm and post-traumatic stress disorder, was told his benefit was being withdrawn because he was considered fit for work.
“If I am fit for work, why can’t I join the Army again?” said the former non-commissioned officer in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. “When they said I had to go back to work, I had an anxiety attack, the depression sank back in. When it [the injury] happened I felt let down by the Army, not my unit or my mates, but the military and now I feel let down by the Government.