The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

Kevin Szabo’s story in his own words.

You are not alone Kevin.

beat stigma

“Where it all began”

In 1993 I joined the Army as an infantry soldier with the Cheshire Regiment. I had just joined the Regiment as they returned from Bosnia where most of the lads had witnessed the horrific and traumatic effects of ethnic cleansing. This was my first ever exposure to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) although I didn’t have a clue what it was at the time. My experience was from the receiving end!

The lads in my Regiment suffering with PTSD dealt with it by bullying and beating others; those who hadn’t been to Bosnia (new recruits) like myself were their targets. I didn’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 “brushed under the carpet”

Many of the lads didn’t want to…

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One thought on “The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

  1. Well worth a read, especially if you are a serving officer. I also suffer from PTSD. I’m fortunate I have it under control and have a fantastic support system from family. Work on the other hand, that’s a different story and one for another time.

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