While it takes strength to serve in the Armed Forces, it takes a different kind of strength to live life beyond injury.
It could be the strength to learn to walk again, or to ask for help after 15 years of suffering in silence.
Together, we can help our wounded veterans overcome their daily battles and thrive.
Veterans like Clare.
Meet Clare and Sandra
Working as a British Army medic in war-torn Kosovo, Clare thought she knew what strength was.
But when the flashbacks and nightmares began to follow, she had to find a different kind of strength: the strength to face the symptoms of her PTSD. With support from Help for Heroes, Clare didn’t have to fight her battle alone.
Watch as Clare and her mum, Sandra, talk about their lives beyond injury here.
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Clare served with the Royal Army Medical Corps for 3 and a half years. As a result of her experiences in Kosovo she has battled with PTSD for the past two decades. In addition, her physical health started to suffer and she was eventually diagnosed with Behçets Disease.
As a result of her illness, Clare finds many every-day tasks challenging. Watch as Clare talks about the adaptations she has made to daily tasks in order to be able to live life beyond injury and how teamwork has helped her find the strength to try new things.
“Sport has become a medicine for both my PTSD and Behçets symptoms..."
Imagine discovering a loved one had suffered with nightmares for 18 years. Then imagine witnessing them debilitated by pain, with doctors unable to diagnose their symptoms. It’s something Claire's mum, Sandra, understands only too well.
Isobel, one of our Hidden Wounds Counsellors, first met Clare in the spring of 2020. Isobel provides psychological wellbeing support to military veterans and their families just like Clare and Sandra.
Isobel says it was a "privilege to see Clare's confidence, self esteem and her happiness grow" and being able to support individuals like Clare is why she chose a career in counselling.
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