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David Dent

David Dent

“There's a segment of television and media that will portray people in a negative light. They tend to portray veterans as someone who has got a problem, and I think this creates a degree of unconscious bias in some employers, health care professionals, social services and society in general."

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Jay Saunders

Jay Saunders

“Veterans are always stereotypical in TV dramas and in films – especially those with PTSD. They are automatically a danger to society, a loner who can’t socially interact. They’ll wear drab olive clothes, hit the bottle, and turns to violence"

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Trevor Cowell

Trevor Cowell

“All I can recall seeing were veterans who had a screw loose, unstable, with drink problems and who flew off the handle at the slightest thing. I didn’t want the label that PTSD would give me, as I felt people would assume I would be like the veterans they and I had seen on TV"

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Kev Gray

Kev Gray

"We’re told to talk out about mental health, but it backfires on us. We have a lot to offer, but if TV and film continue to only show us as damaged goods nothing will change."

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Annette Laurie

Annette Laurie

“It’s nearly always men who are shown with PTSD and, even then, unrealistically. I would like to see more women portrayed with PTSD and, not as violent individuals, but as normal people with psychological issues"

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Spencer Bull

Spencer Bull

Spencer served as an officer for 29 years in the Army where he completed several tours of Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kuwait. Tragedy struck in 2005 when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and by 2011 Spencer was struggling to walk.

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Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson

Being part of the forces family again and getting involved with the Invictus Games process has provided former RAF Junior Technician David Anderson the “get up and go” to achieve his goals for both himself and his family.

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Rachel Williamson

Rachel Williamson

After a life-changing injury knocked her confidence, RAF veteran Rachel Williamson almost gave up on fitness forever. Having rediscovered her passion, relearning how to live without mobility in one arm, she set personal milestones as part of her sports recovery journey.

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Julian 'Jules' Allen

Julian 'Jules' Allen

Jules was 18 when he went on his first operational tour, but his career was cut short due to a back injury and undiagnosed PTSD. It got so bad he even attempted suicide. Jules is now competing at the Invictus Games and said his sports recovery journey has saved his life.

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David Cruickshanks Falklands War anniversary story

David Cruickshanks Falklands War anniversary story

David was 17 when he set sail on HMS Fearless for the Falklands War. Under constant attack from the Argentinian air force and having to carry out dangerous night missions, David made memories that would last him a lifetime.

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Sue Warner Falklands War story

Sue Warner Falklands War story

Sue was 23 when she travelled to the Falklands War to serve as a Royal Navy nurse on the hospital ship the SS Uganda. She treated many badly wounded young British and Argentinian men.

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Clare Keating

Clare Keating

Clare the winner. Clare the athlete. Clare the competitor. That is how former Senior Aircraftsman Clare, 41, from Poole, wants to be perceived. Not just as a wife, mother, cook, cleaner, or as someone who will be completely blind in five to 10 years’ time.

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