Mark Roberts has spoken about his plight and health issues after serving his country for more than two decades [Image: Darren Cool/Sunday People].

Mark Roberts counts being a Gulf War hero among his 23 years’ experience in the Army – and was a personal driver to Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales. But now he is sleeping on the streets.

Why?

Because the United Kingdom does not value its armed forces veterans. After they have served their purpose, they are thrown away like so much rubbish.

Mr Roberts has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – making him all the more vulnerable.

It’s a good thing the Sunday People is running its SOS – Save Our Soldiers campaign to highlight the issue.

Because people like Mr Roberts won’t get any help from the state for which they fought.

Sometimes they see him curled beneath cardboard in a church doorway. One or two might wonder how this little grizzled man came to be this low.

But what they don’t know about Mark Roberts is that he bravely served Queen and country for 23 years.

And that the once proud man beneath that battered cardboard also acted as a personal driver to Prince Charles and Diana for four years.

Also that he was a Gulf War hero, among the first troops to storm into the 1991 conflict. And that gruelling tours of Iraq and Afghanistan left him diagnosed with PTSD.

They don’t know any of this. But to this country’s shame, the Government and the Ministry of Defence do.

Source: Army hero who was Charles and Diana’s driver left to live on the streets with PTSD – Mirror Online


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