Yesterday I accompanied Stormin Norman McGuigan of MINDS AT WAR organisation, champion of veterans suffering PTSD that have been let down by our government and ministry of defence, to visit Paratroop veteran Gus Hales a PTSD patient who is on hunger strike and camping outside charity Combat Stress’s Audley Court treatment centre in Newport Shropshire. Norman was intending to talk down Gus who has vowed to hunger strike until Remembrance Sunday on November 11th if he survives that long in this bitterly cold weather on the Welsh borders. Gus is risking his life in order to raise awareness of the treatment of veterans suffering PTSD, and in particular the failings of veterans charity Combat Stress, who are annual recipients of tens of millions of pounds of government and private funding. There have long been question marks over the efficacy of how Combat Stress is being operated despite the good work they do still provide in helping some veterans.
Gary Harris talks with Glen Saffer about Tommy’s court appeareance and with Joseph and Bobby Blair who suffered horrific historic abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church.
Following the outrageous event at Wetherspoons Knights Templar pub in Chancery Lane on Tuesday this week where a blind PTSD suffering and decorated veteran, accompanied by his assistance dog was unceremoniously chucked out for various reasons including “your dog might attack other customers”, “you’re wearing a poppy” and “you look like a Tommy Robinson supporter”, the management even refused a drink of water for the beautiful assistance dog, incensed veteran and champion of PTSD suffering fellow veterans Norman McGuigan made a visit to Wetherspoons Headquarters in Watford to demand answers to the nasty behaviour of one of their flagship pub landlords and at the same time try to get to the bottom of the pub chain’s much maligned policy regarding not serving customers wearing poppies, and their support in general of the annual RBL poppy appeal.
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The writing was on the wall at the DFLA Sunderland demo in support of the Justice For The Women Campaign with the police set up that caused an unnecessary storm in a teacup., but Saturdays London demo just proved beyond any doubt that the uniform bullies are being directed from above with an agenda to create mayhem that discredits us and labels us racist far right fascists.. Continue reading London demo – Police brutality it’s a reality – writing was on the wall at Sunderland.
PTSD KILLS – LONDON DEMO – The war on veteran suicide starts at home
SATURDAY 20th October 12pm meet at Leicester Square.
March at 1pm to M.O.D. buildings in Whitehall
Peaceful protest to highlight the plight of veterans and epidemic of suicide
Coming home doesn’t mean their war is over, for some veterans it means a new battle begins and for many the invisible injuries can be just as hard to cope with as the physical ones yet they go unnoticed until it is too late. Veteran suicide rates will shock you, more than one every two weeks in the UK. There are 7500 veterans homeless in the UK and since the Falklands war in 1982 we have lost more veterans to suicide than we lost in the Falklands war.