BROKEN BY BATTLE - A PANORAMA SPECIAL
"A HEART-RENDING farewell video filmed by a soldier just before he hanged himself is set to put the government in the dock over its treatment of victims of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Lance-Sergeant Dan Collins, 29, of the Welsh Guards, who had served heroically in Afghanistan, took his own life on New Year’s Day last year in woods in the Preseli mountains in Pembrokeshire. His mother, Deana Collins, has accused the army and Ministry of Defence (MoD) of failing in its duty of care to soldiers who have suffered mental torment as a result of their service on the front line. The video, due to be broadcast tomorrow night in a BBC Panorama documentary, delivers a stark message from the grave that is underlined by new figures indicating a dramatic rise in PTSD among veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq." Read more about the subject on the BBC website
In the Sunday Times today, Toby Harnden, award wining-author of Dead Men Risen and Walk on Wales' supporter, unveiled the harrowing truth behind PTSD and the impact it is having on soldiers and their families. This topic will be the subject of a Panorama special, Broken by Battle, which you can watch on BBC One at 21:00 BST on Monday, 15 July.
This is exactly what Walk on Wales is all about; our aim is to raise £1 million for Combat Stress and the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal by walking the 870-mile Welsh Coast Path in order to provide help for soldiers and veterans who may suffer from PTSD as a result of active service, most specifically by supporting outreach workers in Wales. The Walk will head off from the steps of the Sennad on 25 August,when the first of 11 teams sets off on the stage 1 of the Walk - Cardiff to Chepstow. On 2 November 2013, team 11 will arrive back in Cardiff. Accompanying the teams will be a specially commissioned baton, which has been created to commemorate all the Welsh Guards who have died in active service since World War II and each day of the walk has been dedicated to one of those brave men.
Our objective is ambitious, and in order to achieve it we would love for more people to join in and support our fundraising efforts. So, we would ask that you forward this to your families, friends and work colleagues to ask them to support us by:
Walking for an hour, a day or an entire stage
Helping us along the way with a fundraising event or
Joining our overnight bicycle ride on the night of the 28 August, when our commemorative baton will be transported from South to North Wales
Find out more by visiting www.walkonwales.org.
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The team at Walk on Wales