Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Kevin Williams fought in war, in the ring but lost battle within

Suicide tragedy of Iraq war hero: Soldier struggled with PTSD after his time in the army
Daily Star UK
Ross Kanluk
April 4, 2018
“Returning to civilian life was a big shock. The skills I learnt, especially being in the infantry, were all combat-based, but civilian life doesn’t have any combat.”

SPORTY: Kevin had been a keen boxer before joining the Royal Green Jackets

Kevin Williams was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after a comrade was killed.

He was then discharged after failing a drugs test when he was 22.

Keen boxer Kevin, who joined the Royal Green Jackets at 16, found it difficult to adapt to civilian life and ended up homeless.

In a documentary recorded before his death aged 29, he said: “Not long after coming back from Iraq I just felt sad all the time.

“I lost a friend out there and I didn’t really grieve till I got back.
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