In 2004, I was a member of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) who were mobilised into the regular British Army to provide a surveillance asset to 1 MECH Brigade Headquarters. I worked as part of a seven man mobile/static patrol tasked with gathering intelligence information which resulted in the mounting of follow up operations by coalition forces. Ten years on I rarely visit the darker memories of my tour and have learnt to lock away the demons in a place seldom visited. Unfortunately, one of my closest friends has not been so fortunate and his mind has been broken by the stress and strain of multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now that the war fighting is over he grapples with the battles of his mind and struggles to regain the semblance of his former life. In recent times, terms such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and combat stress have been introduced into the psyche of the British public. These terms are no longer seen as a sign of weakness, with a high percentage of combat troops suffering from some form of anger management issues, anxiety, sleeplessness, recurring images (“flashbacks”) and relationship breakdowns post active tour. I am running for Combat Stress and Walking With The Wounded, both specialise in the treatment of soldiers, sailors and air personnel who have suffered from both mental and physical injuries in the service of our country. I want to give something back. You can sponsor Jonathan here.