Probe reveals severe shortage of medics Politicians send our kids to battle.. They must look after them properly when they get home Mum of Afghan war hero who killed himself
should be mandatory psychological tests. No one is invulnerable. Reece shot himself in front of his platoon.
“Something must have been very wrong yet nobody noticed anything. I find that hard to believe.
“Most people who take their own lives do it privately but Reece did it in front of all his friends.
“You don’t do something like that unless you are very troubled.”
Kerry added: “Where was the duty of care? I think the Army should introduce counselling sessions as part of their training. I believe it would save a lot of lives.” Reece had served in the 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment for nine years and endured a tough tour in Afghanistan in 2011-12. Two comrades who Reece knew personally were shot dead by a rogue Afghan policeman at a checkpoint. Mum Jackie, a bus driver from Huddersfield, West Yorks, said: “Reece had become friendly with the Afghan and was at the checkpoint minutes before his comrades were killed. But he never spoke about this to me.
“I suspect that would have been something very difficult to cope with.
“Maybe that is something which surfaced later in his life.”
Jackie added: “I’m speaking out because I don’t want anyone else to go through what my family has been through.
“I want something good to come from Reece’s death. The Government needs to be held to account for all of these soldiers and veterans taking their own lives.
“I think all soldiers should see a psychologist at least once a year. I can’t understand why the Army isn’t already doing this. I’m really surprised.”
Former head of the Army General Lord Dannatt – who backs the Sunday People’s Save Our Soldiers campaign to improve PTSD treatment – says the MOD is “papering over the cracks”.
Lord Dannatt said: “Recruitment into the Defence Medical Services has been a major struggle since the 1990s decision to close all military hospitals.
“While this decision was logical based on the reduced military patient population, it deprived Defence Medical Service personnel of living and working in the unique environment of the Army, Navy and Air Force.
“Being a military doctor or nurse working in an NHS hospital is not the