BBC3 Wednesday "Life after War"

#1
Not seen mention of this on here before - BBC3 Wednesday 2100 - Life after War: Haunted by Helmand. No idea how to do a linky
 
#5
Is this a "The Public/Politicians praise you, then when you return to your home, you are forgotten and ignored, especially if you are damaged" type of programme ?
 
#12
Was a good watch. I think the programme makers handled it tactfully and with a bit of compassion. A lot more interesting than the normal bollocks on bbc3.
 
#13
An interesting look at some of those who have returned.
It might be an idea for the Rifles to follow up on one perhaps two of those featured.
It should be compulsory viewing for those MPs on the Armed Services select committee.
 
#14
'Dentures' Mr Paton21tech, not 'false teeth'! Are we dealing with a professional here; dental surgeon or dental technician? The services have both. Don't keep 'em near the front-line though.
 
#15
Was a pretty good programme, left me wondering how many more poor buggers are out there trying to handle it on their own.
More than you think. Talking from personnal experience on both sides of the fence (working with PTSD sufferers and having relations that are suffering from) I have seen how denial is a big part of "coping".

We have more and more TA personnel coming through the doors these days. No matter what the powers that be say, a TA soldier who spends 95% of their time in the company of civilians does not have that "family" support as experienced by regular troops surrounded by people who have expereinced the same things. We hear it all the time "I don't have anyone to talk to who knows what its like".

I thought the programme was pretty well put together.
 
#16
my old man was a hard as ******* nails DC ( him and his colleagues make Gene Hunt look like a sunday school teacher). However he has spent a few years in the WG and been to Aden, NI, etc.

The only time I have ever seen him get upset was when he talked about the Oxford Street bus station bombing, which was pretty horrific, he had been Comd of the 2nd pig on the scene.

So I wouldn't say he had PTSD, but certainly he had been scarred by it and I got the impression when he was telling me, that it was probably the only time he had ever spoken about it.

So ignoring the crass stupidity of a previous comment made, some folks do 'deal' with it, some folks don't.

But if you had just seen your friend blown through a set of railings and then effectively scraped what could be found of him into a plastic bag, you might be forgiven if you did have trouble, dealing with it.

That said the Mental Health services available in the forces now are light years away from the 70s and really are very good. Its when these poor people have to use the NHS the problems occur, which is why Combat Stress and the brilliant work they do is so vital.
 
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More than you think. Talking from personnal experience on both sides of the fence (working with PTSD sufferers and having relations that are suffering from) I have seen how denial is a big part of "coping".

We have more and more TA personnel coming through the doors these days. No matter what the powers that be say, a TA soldier who spends 95% of their time in the company of civilians does not have that "family" support as experienced by regular troops surrounded by people who have expereinced the same things. We hear it all the time "I don't have anyone to talk to who knows what its like".

I thought the programme was pretty well put together.
2 of those Rfn were Ta lads one of them was from my Plt, And is now a teacher very scary :)
 
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