A man who lost his right leg in an IED explosion while serving a tour of duty in Iraq has hit out at anti-Muslim sentiment, saying he is frustrated that people expect him to be racist because of his experience.
Private Chris Herbert said someone had tried to recruit him for "anti-Muslim propaganda" and called on people to stop blaming all those of a particular faith for the actions of a minority.
His Facebook post, urging people to "get a grip of your lives, hug your family and get back to work", has been shared more than 44,000 times.
He said he may have been injured at the hands of a Muslim, but listed the number of Muslims who had since helped him in his recovery.
His words came as politicians and others told of their outrage at the comments of US presidential hopeful Donald Trump who called for Muslims to be barred from entering America, and then claimed parts of London are no-go areas for police because some areas are "so radicalised".
Mr Herbert, from Portsmouth, wrote online: "Getting frustrated by some people expecting racism from me because I got blown up."
He said he had been helped by Muslim medics, from the surgeon who he credited with saving his life to the doctor who offered his father friendly advice in a pub about his son's recovery.
He also listed unpleasant experiences he had had with "white Brits", but added: "Although, a lot of people helped in my recovery! I don't hate white brits either! Hahaha".
Mr Herbert's post has drawn widespread praise, with people hailing him for sharing his experience.