When a conflict ends, for some the battles don’t stop – they just stop making headlines.
Veterans and their families are struggling with painful injuries, mental trauma, isolation, and more. This is the Veterans War. A war forgotten by many. But not by us.
Brian served for 13 years in the Royal Highland Fusiliers and the Royal Scots before he was medically discharged due to injury.
For 10 years after, he lived with undiagnosed PTSD and turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism. But he hit rock bottom when he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, a consequence of his heavy drinking.
"The doctor said if I didn't do something about it, I'd die within 2 months."
“That day was a big reality check, I didn’t want to die. I wanted to see my kids grow up. My wife Ros and the kids were my incentive to get better.”
He reached out to us, and with the help of his loved ones and professional treatment, Brian was able to turn his life around and beat his addiction.
“The Veterans War is very apparent to me. Life is better now because I can manage things. But the Veterans War is very real. Every day’s a struggle. It’s not until you learn how to cope with those struggles, that life becomes a wee bit easier.
“Help for Heroes has been enormous in my recovery, whether it be mental, physical or medical support. If I hadn’t tackled what I had tackled at the time – I wouldn’t be here today.”
Our mission is to ensure that no one is left behind in the Veterans War.
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