Lee’s battle for hope

Thursday, 29 June 2017

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A TORMENTED ex-serviceman, mentally scarred by the horrors of war, is facing a new battle for treatment to end his agony.
Former Paratrooper Lee Stewart (not his real name), who lives near Coleraine, was diagnosed with complex post traumatic stress disorder in 2007, a year after leaving the Parachute Regiment.
Despite counselling, the 37-year-old's mental health has slowly deteriorated and he was due to start an intensive treatment programme run by the veterans' charity Combat Stress on June 16.
Lee was devastated when he was told that his place on the six-week course in Scotland had been withdrawn and funding was unavailable for Northern Ireland veterans.
He said: "It was my final hope; I've received normal counselling, on and off, since 2007 but it isn't enough. It cost £50 a time and probably made my condition worse.
“Most days I don't want to be here due to the demons in my head. My brain is exhausted and I can't cope with even the slightest stress.
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