Sunday, August 13, 2017

UK Hero With PTSD Dumped by Ministry of Defense


Brave Army officer who defused nearly 100 bombs in Afghanistan says he was dumped by MoD after suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder

By Sam Webb 
13th August 2017 

Major Wayne Owers was honoured three times by the Queen during his 27-year career.
AN ARMY bomb disposal expert who saved countless lives in war-torn Afghanistan says he has been betrayed by the military after he was discharged while suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Captain Wayne Owers was decorated with The Queen’s Gallantry Medal

But when the 46-year-old, originally from Whitnash, near Leamington in Warwickshire, asked for help tackling his nightmares and extreme anxiety from Army doctors, he was given a medical discharge.
He underwent two years of treatment and was showing signs of improvement – but he was given a medical discharge and just £6,000 compensation rather than a non-operational posting.
He told the Mirror: “The Army was my life but in my darkest hour when I most needed help I was told, ‘You are no longer fit to serve’.
“I was mortified. It was a devastating blow. I could have continued serving.”
In 2013 the Sun reported how Owers crawled forward in the middle of the battle to defuse a bomb in a school in Afghanistan.
When asked if they may be booby trapped and go off in his face when he touched them, the brave soldier grinned as he said: “Probably not.” 

He says the Ministry of Defence’s claim that it is serious about tackling PTSD is nonsense and says he knows soldiers who have lied about their recovery because they don’t want to lose their jobs.

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