Holidays for Heroes in Jersey says PTSD cases rising

A Jersey charity that runs holidays for injured soldiers said the number with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was increasing.

Peter Woodhouse, from Holidays for Heroes, said it had catered for 70 soldiers with PTSD in the past year.

He told BBC Radio Jersey that the number of PTSD "injuries" outweighed the number of physical injuries.

The charity provides a week's holiday in Jersey for any servicemen or women injured on active duty.

Mr Woodhouse said: "Very sadly the level of post traumatic stress injuries is greater than physical injuries and it's an increasing problem."

Peter Slim, a former soldier suffering from PTSD, had a holiday in Jersey in 2010.

He said he found the island relaxing and therapeutic but that some of the activities organised by the charity for soldiers, which included travelling in a group and wearing special T-shirts, could make some of the soldiers uncomfortable.

He said: "I just don't think that we should have walked around like that and been put on parade for everyone to gawp at."

Mr Woodhouse said it was the first time any concerns had been raised about the charity's practices.

He said: "We're obviously concerned and want to learn anything we can to help."

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