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Testimonies

Many thanks for sending me your Survival Guide to combat related PTSD. The Guide really opened my eyes and hit me like an express train because it showed me what had been happening and how PTSD had destroyed my life. Once again, many thanks for your work. Hopefully your Guide will open a few people’s eyes to the problems that veterans are facing and for action to be taken to help the ever increasing number of PTSD sufferers. Keep up the good work.

- Bosnia and Gulf War veteran

Thanks for the Guide, I think it’s great and the first time I read it I thought you had wrote about my life, I could see so much of me in it.

- Northern Ireland veteran

Many thanks for all you did for the young Para, Jimmy. He said, “It’s as if the guy can see inside my head.” That is what he said to me after he read your Survival Guide. Once again, my sincere thanks.

- A prison ‘listener’, referring to an Iraq war veteran on suicide watch

Watching one’s child suffering PTSD is a heartbreaking experience. It made me feel totally inadequate as a mother, as I could not take away the pain, fear, hurt, anger etc. of my child. I also believed this anger was directed at me personally and found it difficult to understand. The Survival Guide gave me, in words that I can understand, a greater knowledge of PTSD, showing me how to help myself deal with PTSD and therefore help and support my child.

- Mother of a sufferer of PTSD

When I read the Guide I started to cry, I could relate to it so much it was unreal. If I had been given this Guide on leaving the Army it would have helped me a lot and also helped my family spot the change in me.

- Afghanistan veteran

Thanks and it’s a good thing you are doing – the Guide explained things to me the psychiatrists failed to do, it made sense.

- Gulf War veteran

Thank you for your Guide. I found it very accurate. I was adamant that I had escaped the conflicts unharmed but after reading your Guide I now know I was far from the truth. Again, thank you.

- Northern Ireland and Falklands veteran

I don’t think I will ever be able to put into words what the Guide means to me: it has changed my life. From the moment I first read a few pages, to now, reading it in its entirety.

- Tracey, ex-psychiatric nurse and sufferer of PTSD

The Veterans' Survival Guide Chapter List

Chapter List of The Veterans' Survival GuideTestimonies

Foreword by General the Lord Dannatt

Introduction

Chapter 1: Hidden Wounds

Chapter 2: Traumatic Incidents

Chapter 3: The Homecoming

Chapter 4: A Grim Legacy

Chapter 5: Suicide

Chapter 6: Diagnosis

Chapter 7: Counselling Veterans

Conclusion

Questionnaires for Veterans and Their Families

Further Information and Support

 
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