The fight for our veterans

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Today, Armistice Day, the Lancashire Evening Post launches a series to highlight the hardships faced by veterans and urges people to fight for the lives of those who fought for their country.

Lancashire has one of the highest rates in the country of veterans who are seeking help for mental health issues.

Combat Stress, the UK’s leading veterans’ mental health charity, has revealed it is currently supporting 187 veterans across Lancashire.

The average age of those affected in Lancashire is 47 with the youngest being 23 and the oldest 93.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, mental health issues, alcohol addiction and relationship breakdowns are just some of the problems experienced by those who have returned to civilian life.

Jon Cullen, 43, who lives in Fulwood, Preston, attempted to take his own life after he felt his world crumbled after leaving the army.

He said: “It was a real struggle adapting to civilian life and I have to admit I felt very lost after losing the team ethic of the army.

“I was suffering from depression and PTSD but was in denial.

“My world just collapsed and I became jobless, homeless and bankrupt.”

Read the full report in today’s Lancashire Evening Post or tablet apps

Tomorrow we look at ex soldiers’ problems with relationship breakdowns and alcohol.