PTSD Has 'Ripped Apart' My Circle of Friends

Published on 9 September 2019

PTSD Has 'Ripped Apart' My Circle of Friends

In his first interview as a minister, ex-Army officer Johnny Mercer, says he is "determined" to provide veterans with better support.

Former Army captain Johnny Mercer has vowed to provide veterans with the "best mental health care in the world" after admitting post-combat stress "ripped apart" those he served with.

As the newly appointed Veterans Minister, Mr Mercer, who served in Afghanistan with 29th Commando Regiment in the Royal Artillery, said veterans' care was "unacceptable" in Britain. 

He has now pledged to lay on greater provisions of care for those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning home from war zones.

The minister said the UK has always said "it has a duty" to care for veterans but has failed. But he said the new Office for Veterans' Affairs "will see that duty through".

 

Extract from: Forces Network 07 September 2019

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