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Sunday, 28 November 2010

This is the kind of rubbish that people put on Facebook ...


My reply:
The Koran means nothing to me personally. I'm not a muslim. The Bible means nothing to me. I'm not a christian. The Poppy means something to me because I've served in the armed forces. How would a christian feel if you burnt his or her bible? One of my biggest fears for communities in this country when we went into Iraq was the back- lash of violence and division it could cause in our country, the UK. Then I see posts like that demonstrate ignorance and a complete lack of awareness of the issues concerned. It's the same ignorance that led those idiots to burn the poppy. You all need to start thinking about things properly and stop contributing to the cycle of hatred that's going to destroy 'British' communities.

In finishing:
Am I blind and lost in an alternative state or can others see the division being created throughout the UK?  So much separatist, racist nonsense is going on as a reaction towards the wars that we've created as a 'civilised' nation.  The biggest casualties are our own multi-cultural communities.  You'd think that a lot of these posts on Facebook (as quoted above) were created by delinquents working for the British National Party.
Wake up UK!  If you were meant to be a bunch a puppets, you'd have been been born with wider @rseholes.  When the politicians are dividing communities, something usually crappy is about to happen with regard to government decisions/policies.  Once you're divided as a community, your voice is probably as effective as a cat flap in an elephant house.

My apologies to the readers that are awake and aware :)


Saturday, 27 November 2010

First snowfall of the winter ..

Whenever I see snow I feel uplifted.  I awoke to the sight of it covering my car and gardens.  The sun was just rising, peering between neighbouring roof tops and the sky was blue.  A perfect morning.

I cleared my neighbours path so that she doesn't slip, loaded her bird feeders and took in a some coal for her.  I don't want her risking a fall, especially at her age.

I'd love to drive out into the snow somewhere but it being a weekend - the places will be crowded.  So, I'll make do with watching it on the trees and plants in my garden.  The birds are flying in frequently for food, great tits, coal tits, blue tits, robins, thrush, blackbirds are in abundance ... as are the pesky squirrels :)  I was watching a squirrel pull off the winter jasmine flowers and eat them!  I've put some nuts out in the hope that it'll leave the flowers alone.  Seems like a fair trade ... maybe I should get a paw print on a written agreement?

I'd better edit some photos,



Thursday, 25 November 2010

Survey - Meeting the needs of British Veterans living with PTSD


The main focus of this book (Words of a Wolf') is to raise awareness of what PTSD does to veterans and the hurdles that they face in their daily lives, as well as to offer some avenues of support.

With the current political climate of service cuts, I thought it prudent to try to get a snapshaot as to where the UK is with regards to caring for its veterans.

With this in mind, I've created an online, confidential, survey. The results will be used to present a report to relevant government departments.

I'd be greatful if you would pass the link for the survey as far and wide as possible. I need it to reach as many british veterans suffering with PTSD as possbile. If you belong to other groups/networks, please post this link.  This is relelvant in other countries too in order to reach former residents that may be british veterans.


Many thanks


Sunday, 14 November 2010

Visual art ...

This new bath's deep.  Much deeper than the other one.  It's great for doing some physio and pain releif every morning.

It's also good for other things.

I was sat there enjoying the water when I saw these bubbles coming up ... ever so sloooowly from the depths of the bath.  I remember sitting there thinking - 'Wow. Look at those bubbles, aren't they beautiful.  Look how slowly they rise.  Beautiful, almost mettalic.'  My reflection on the art form continued until the first bubble hit the surface and burst ... literally.  I then found myself trying to backstroke away from the immediate area quite quickly.



Forgotten Heroes ...

Forgotten heroes

After the silence
After the stillness
After the lonely bugle has sounded

After march past
After the memories
After the door to those feelings close

They won't remember
In the halls of power
Behind their guarded mansion walls

That without your courage
They would have nothing
You who protected their lands

Whether you're in a cell
Or cardboard boxes
Or the prison of an emotional hell

Hold your head up
Wherever this day finds you
We remember your sacrifice

Poem © Copyright of V Sunkmanitu 2010

I finished this poem on the 11th hour this morning. People need to know that 15% of the prison population of this country are Veterans and while some may be there for crimes for which they've been righfully convicted, some are not - simply because they found themselves involved in circumstances whilst suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

25% of the homeless in this country are Veterans. People that served that found themselves unable to fit back in to society ... again some of which are suffering from PTSD.

Maybe you'll meet one sometime, selling the Big Issue or just an uncomfortable being that doesn't know how to share space with you because he or she is lost and alone ... maybe you'll think differently of them.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Interviewed by Left Lion ...

Left Lion wanted to do a written interview as a follow up to their podcast ... you can see it on:  http://www.leftlion.co.uk/articles.cfm/id/3275

All the best


2 Minutes

This poem is dedicated to all the Veterans of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom and Allied Nations. It is especially dedicated to those that live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition that is still not that well understood in the UK and leads to further hardship for some of the brave souls that did their best for us.

2 minutes

During the 2 minutes you'll, maybe, remember some of us.
The years of silence our memories still sentence us to,
You'll forget.

The unspoken wound that can't be seen,
Carrying the memories of service,
You won't hear.

Standing tall, we'll walk by you,
Never showing the open wounds,
That cut like knives.

2 minutes later, You'll be back to your life.
2 minutes later, We'll still be trying to make sense of ours.
2 minutes later, another November morning will be forgotten.

Poem © Copyright of V Sunkmanitu 2010

So, you've had the message and the poem ... here's the song:


Thursday, 4 November 2010

Hit and Miss ...

How many veterans get the care and support that they actually need from the system?

Who are the care providers?

What different types of support are available?

I want to carry out a survey soon.  I want to know what other veterans feel about these issues and to compile a report based on the findings.  I think I saw a free survey site not long ago that allows you to do just this kind of thing.

In the main, the system provides some psychotherapy and nothing else.  People living with PTSD may require more from the system though.  We'll have to wait and see.


Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Heightened anxiety over war pension review ...

It's that time again.  I get reviewed every two years at the moment and I don't know why.  Maybe they're expecting a miracle cure that I haven't heard about yet.  We've been doing this song and dance routine for 14 years now.

It freaks me out because I know that I'll have to open up old scars and have to examine the disability in detail, which isn't good as it makes me realise where I am now in terms of coping with the disability compared to where I was 2 years ago.  There seems to be a noticeable decline.

They wanted me to go before one of their general doctors for an assessment re my symptoms and I refused.  I told them that there were enough credible reports and that if they wanted me to be examined, it would have to be by a consultant psychiatrist.  I never understood how the legal system ever allowed the word of a specialist providing you with treatment to be over shadowed by a generalist that isn't even qualified to work in mental health.

These are the traps that so many veterans fall into.  No one supports them and they fall foul of the system's traps to reduce the amount of war pensions being paid out.

Luckily, I have a welfare officer coming to help me to list my daily symptoms and another report being completed by the counsellor that looked after me for the last 2 years.

I just want it all to be over ASAP.


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