If you have PTSD, then former soldier Dan Jarvis cares deeply about you - unless you live in Yemen, apparently.

If you have PTSD, then former soldier Dan Jarvis cares deeply about you – unless you live in Yemen, apparently.

There’s a serious problem with this story, that in fact has nothing to do with the issue it covers.

The idea of ensuring that all relevant organisations make sure that PTSD sufferers get the support is excellent.

But Dan Jarvis would appear to be very much the wrong person to be making the request.

You see, Mr Jarvis is one of the nearly 100 Labour MPs who failed to support Labour’s demand for the UK to stop supplying arms to Saudi Arabia, to be used in that country’s war with Yemen.

It seems his compassion for PTSD sufferers does not extend as far as the Yemenis who will be traumatised, if they are lucky enough not to be killed outright, by the weapons he has allowed the Conservative Government to sell to their enemy.

The powerful Commons Defence Committee has been asked officially to investigate post-traumatic stress disorder in service veterans .

Labour MP and former Parachute Regiment major Dan Jarvis wrote last week to Tory committee chair Dr Julian Lewis to seek a probe into government failings.

Mr Jarvis’s letter said: “Along with other MPs and charities, I have concerns over a lack of coordinated action from the NHS, service charities, insurance companies, and the MoD.

“PTSD is a major mental health problem facing many of our veterans who can suffer from insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks and rage.

“This can have a devastating impact on veterans and their families. If left untreated it can lead sufferers to substance abuse, self-harm, and in the worst cases, suicide.”

Source: Ex-Army MP Dan Jarvis backs demands for an inquiry into PTSD cases in soldiers – Mirror Online

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