Afghanistan: Veterans Minister's Message To Those With 'Traumatic Memories'

Leo Docherty, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, says support has come "a long way" since he served in Afghanistan.

The Veterans Minister has reached out to serving and former personnel who feel "traumatic memories" may be returning, as events in Afghanistan unfold.

Leo Docherty, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, acknowledged the "very disturbing images coming out of Kabul" in recent days and said help is available.

Mr Docherty has previously served with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards and has completed operational tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Mental health support, provided through GPs directly and through the Veterans' Gateway, has "come a long way" in the 15 years since the politician was in Afghanistan, he said.

Twenty years on from the start of Britain's mission in Afghanistan, Mr Docherty stood by the value of tackling al-Qaeda in the country and supporting education and prosperity within much of the civilian community.

Some of the work completed by the Armed Forces "cannot be undone", he added.

If you or someone you know needs support at this time, you can find more information by visiting the British Army website and the Government's website.

Further details about support available can be found on our website.