29 Jun '12, 2pm

News: Veteran urges traumatised troops: 'don't brush it off'

As the success of Britain's war heroes was applauded on their return from the Falklands in 1982, a quieter and far less glorious legacy of the conflict began to take shape. Michael 'Iddy' Iddon, a former private in the Royal Army Medical Corps, was a teenager when he deployed to the South Atlantic as a combat medic. After treating Welsh Guard casualties as the Sir Galahad was bombed by Argentine troops, the junior soldier almost drowned while carrying out orders to abandon ship. Thirty years later, the 49-year-old post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sufferer is still haunted by those memories. As the Army's 'Don't bottle it up' campaign restarts this month, the Lancastrian is urging personnel to talk to their colleagues about feeling unwell: "Thirty years ago, sufferers got swept under the carpet and vanished out the back door, but that doesn't happen now," he explained ...

Full article: http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/PeopleInDef...

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