In 1993 I joined the ArmyÂ as an infantry soldier with the Cheshire Regiment. I had just joined theÂ Regiment as they returned from Bosnia where most of the lads had witnessed theÂ horrific and traumatic effects of ethnic cleansing.Â This was my first ever exposure to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) although I didnâ€™t have a clue what it was at the time.Â My experience wasÂ from the receiving end!
The lads in myÂ RegimentÂ suffering withÂ PTSD dealt with itÂ by bullying and beating others; thoseÂ who hadnâ€™t been to Bosnia (new recruits) like myself were their targets. I didnâ€™t understand why they were behaving in the manner they were and why I was being beaten up as a result. PTSD was not very well recognised during the early 90s and there was little or no support available for those suffering with it. It was â€œbrushed under the carpetâ€
Many of the lads didnâ€™t want toâ€¦