Victoria Bateman

Victoria Bateman’s husband, Lance Corporal James Bateman was the 101st British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan whilst serving with 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment on 12th June 2008 in what was the bloodiest week for 2 PARA since the Falklands conflict.

They had been married for less than 2 years. Victoria was 24 years old.

Since then, Victoria has been passionate that the sacrifice of her husband - and all those who have fallen in the conflicts preceding his death and those since in Afghanistan - should not be forgotten by the nation.  And that the vital work of all those serving, our veterans and the injured remain at the forefront of our collective memory and that they are always remembered with gratitude. 

Victoria's battles due to her grief have seen her survive a suicide attempt and a struggle with alcohol dependency. Although she has waivered she has never fallen though and has come through. Today she stands as strong, brave and passionate as James did and fights for what she believes in, as did her husband.  

Sadly, this has meant that she has been the victim of both physical and verbal abuse over how others feel a "War Widow" should act. She has worked with the War Widow Association to break the stereotype of a widow and to demonstrate that widows come from all ages and walks of life and that they deserve our compassion.

Victoria is determined to move forward with positivity and to inspire other's that whatever life throws at you - you can get through, just like she has.

Victoria said, “It is a distinct honour and pleasure to become an ambassador for Walking With The Wounded.  For those that have sacrificed so much in the service of our nation, past, present and future, the burdens and scars they carry, both seen and unseen, are marks of pride and pain. 

"My late husband, James’ last act before he was killed in action was to make sure all the guys had been replenished with water, he always felt a profound duty to look after his brothers and sisters in arms and I want to carry his spirit onwards by working with WWTW and support the amazing work they do.  They are not only addressing the issue around mental health with treatment but also assisting with other issues that are important contributing factors to mental health – employment, housing, self-confidence is just a few to mention.

"It is never just one individual who goes to war.  As a military spouse, I know all too well the difficulties and sacrifices of those who remain at home.  Many families across the nation now, and in the future will be incomplete for the absence of a loved one who is called to serve.  It is most welcome that WWTW are extending their support to these families will not only strengthen the family unit but also provide them with tools to support their loved ones.”

Victoria has endeavoured to ensure James' legacy is kept alive by continuing to support veterans’ causes. 

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Combat Stress effects the majority of veterans, wounded or otherwise.