In fairness, I'd hate to be stuck in the ops room listening to contacts and casualty reports, but unable to get stuck in and do something about it.
Also, I don't think the fact that he's TA is relevant. There were various TA bods attached to my bn. in Afghan and most of them had had to give up their jobs to be there. I can understand how somebody could run into trouble after leaving.
That said, something doesn't add up. Too proud to claim benefits - but quite happy to whine about what a tough time he's having in the local paper?