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Thursday 29 August 2019

Your gift will save lives

Posted by: Help For Heroes

Bob's story

Following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, Bob McNab joined the Army in 1968. He loved the challenge and camaraderie of military life until a deployment to Northern Ireland left him with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

As his life spiralled out of control, Bob’s family bore the brunt of his illness. Discharged from the Army in 1982, Bob knew he needed help but couldn’t ask for it. Instead, he shut himself away and turned to alcohol to mask his pain.

It was only after seeing a television interview with a fellow veteran suffering from PTSD that he felt able to call us and take the first step on his road to recovery. Now Bob receives ongoing support, including from our Psychological Wellbeing Team, and his wife has joined our fellowship for families and carers. With your support, our care and their commitment, Bob and Lesley are rebuilding their lives.

“Without Help for Heroes I wouldn’t be here. I’d have been in the gutter for a while and then probably a grave. I wouldn’t be with my wife, that’s for sure. The charity and their supporters have given me my life back. I can’t thank them enough for that.

“My PTSD was triggered well over 20 years ago and there will be lads in more than 20 years’ time who’ll need help. We’re not visibly fighting in wars at the moment, but they still need support and they’ll need that for years to come. Help for Heroes is here, and only a call away.”