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Paul

Paul

Aged 17, Paul joined the Army as a physical trainer - it was all he ever wanted to do. He never imagined an injury to his ankle would lead not just to his medical discharge 17 years later, but to the decline of his mental health as he struggled to come to terms with the loss of his military identity.

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Nick

When Bruce lost both his legs below the knee, it was Nick, one of our Activity and Wellbeing Regional Leads, who introduced him to wheelchair rugby. Nick says he’s proud of the way Bruce never lets his injuries stop him from achieving.

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Hannah

Our Sports Recovery Manager, Hannah Lawton, is passionate about the role sport plays in the recovery journeys of our wounded. Here she explains how it helped veteran Michelle P overcome her battle with PTSD

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Michelle T

In 2017, two RAF veterans, both called Michelle formed a life-long friendship. As well as their names, they shared other similarities; both from Wigan, the pair were training for the Invictus Games, each one facing their own daily challenges on the road to recovery.

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Michelle P

Michelle’s dream job as a paramedic in the RAF turned into a nightmare when horrors from the battlefield led to flashbacks, nightmares and an eventual diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She lost her home and her career, but in her own words describes how she found the resilience to battle back.

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Morgan

Morgan was five years old when her father, Mark, was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan. Losing the use of his right arm, and left battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Mark was medically discharged. Desperately trying to regain control of his life, he worked long hours, spent his spare time in the gym and spiralled into a depression.

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Dean

Dean

Dean, a veteran himself and now a Physical Development Coach, helps others find their strength after injury. He explains how he helped Mark Tonner, who lost the use of his arm in an explosion, find his.

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Mark

Army veteran Mark's life changed forever when his vehicle hit an Improved Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan. Losing the use of his right arm, he became angry and frustrated – the result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) triggered by the blast. But he’s rebuilt his strength, both physically and mentally, through the power of sport.

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Simon

For years, the symptoms of Simon’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder left him feeling as though trapped in a dark tunnel. Now on the road to recovery – and having discovered new focus through a love of photography - he can see the light at the end.

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Tracey

When Tracey’s husband Simon was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder she felt the effects too, particularly as he found it hard to talk about what he was going through. But with support, they’re finding the strength to work through it together.

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Caroline Beazley

For veteran Caroline Beazley our Help for Heroes Choir, which has been meeting virtually since the start of the first lockdown, has been her “lifeline” this year.

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Caroline Rawlins

Having grown up in an Armed Forces family and as military wife, Caroline Rawlins understands the challenges many of our wounded heroes and their families experience.

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