COR­BYN’S PLEDGE AS BRITAIN REMEMBERS THE FALLEN ON ARMISTICE DAY We must do more for veterans fight­ing PTSD

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Keir Mudie DEPUTY PO­LIT­I­CAL EDITOR

MIL­LIONS held two min­utes’ si­lence yes­ter­day in re­mem­brance of Bri­tish and Com­mon­wealth war dead.

Big Ben’s re­pairs were in­ter­rupted as it chimed at 11am on the an­niver­sary of Armistice Day. There was a ser­vice at the Ceno­taph in nearby White­hall. In Aus­tralia, Sydney Opera House was lit with pop­pies. Today Prince Charles will lay a wreath at the Ceno­taph on his mother’s be­half. JEREMY Cor­byn took the op­por­tu­nity of an in­ter­view be­fore Re­mem­brance Day to urge more be done for veterans with PTSD.

The Labour leader says he has spo­ken to a num­ber of ex-sol­diers across the coun­try with the con­di­tion and vowed to do more to sup­port their strug­gle if elected PM.

Mr Cor­byn said: “PTSD is some­thing that wasn’t re­ally recog­nised in the past.

“I met a man in Is­ling­ton who told me about his ex­pe­ri­ences in a Ja­panese PoW camp. They’d been with him all his life and he had been fright­ened to tell peo­ple. He shouldn’t have had to suf­fer like that.”

Sup­port

Mr Cor­byn added there was too much re­liance on char­i­ties and said the Gov­ern­ment should do more to help.

He said: “There’s no path­way for some and no clear way back into civil­ian life.

“Some start drink­ing too much, fam­i­lies break up and they end up on the streets. I’ve raised these things with the Min­istry of De­fence. We need to make sure peo­ple are supported and make the best of their lives.”

The Sun­day Peo­ple has been cam­paign­ing to im­prove the sup­port for veterans with PTSD. We want to see more pro­vi­sion for those who have served in the armed forces and are of­ten left to strug­gle on their own.

Mr Cor­byn said: “Sol­diers, be­fore they leave should get sup­port on de­ci­sion-mak­ing and is­sues around hous­ing, for ex­am­ple. And for PTSD, there should be coun­selling avail­able for peo­ple all the time.”

OZSOME: Pop­pies on Sydney Opera House

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