Grants to support Royal Marines suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

After leaving the Royal Marines Keith suffered from PTSD as a result of his military experiences and found it extremely difficult to socialise. The South Atlantic Medal Association 1982 persuaded him to take part in a sailing activity holiday in the Lake District, organised by The Not Forgotten Association (NFA). Also in the group was another former Marine with whom Keith had fought together in the Falkland, but who he had not met since. This chance meeting was the spark that Keith needed to begin his rehabilitation.

Although he continued to suffer flashbacks and other symptoms, Keith’s condition has gradually improved and the NFA has continued to support him through some of their other activities such as the Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph Parade and their 2017 Summer Garden Party. Such is his renewed confidence and enthusiasm, Keith has even volunteered to play the bagpipes at some of their events. Keith has recently remarried and resettled in his native Northern Ireland.

‘The Not Forgotten Association has brought me back into the fold again. I was lost, but now I’m found.

*Photograph does not represent the individual. Identity of the individual has been kept confidential.

Seafarers UK grants help to fund the provision of The Not Forgotten Association’s events and activities for the benefit of serving personnel who are wounded, injured or sick and service veterans with disabilities.

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