My name is Stephen Valentine and I was born in November 1969. At the age of 18, I decided to enlist in the British Army as a driver in the Royal Corps of Transport (RCT). I completed my basic training in February 1988 and was then posted to eight Squadron, 27 Regiment RCT, at Buller Barracks in Aldershot.
The British often make a fuss about nothing, and sometimes we’re afraid people will think that’s what we’re doing, but conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can legitimately command our sympathy.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is commonly associated with soldiers traumatised by war, but civilians also live with this harrowing mental condition.
Route Irish tells the story of Fergus (Mark Womack), a private security contractor who sets out to investigate the real reason behind his friend’s death in Iraq. A bleak tale, with some hard-hitting messages about the moral and political corruption in Iraq, director Ken Loach and Mark Womack speak about why torture is never justified and the implications of untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Interviews with director Brian Welsh and actress Joanne Froggatt on the release of ‘In Our Name’. The film follows Suzy, a British soldier struggling to fit into into civilian life after fighting in Iraq, haunted by the responsibility she feels for the death of an Iraqi child.
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