Special Forces Veteran "Foxy" On Life After Combat

Special forces veteran and star of Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins speaks to Forces News about his secret battle with PTSD.

Special forces veteran, and star of Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins, has spoken to Forces News about his secret battle with PTSD. 

Jason Fox, better known as Foxy, said:

"I thought PTSD was a get out of jail free card for a lot of people within the military. Then the next thing I know, fast forward a few years and I'm eating a massive slice of humble pie because I did suffer from it. I did multiple tours of Iraq and Afghanistan with Special Forces and it took its toll on me. I had to be honest with myself and admit I had something going on in my mind." 

Foxy was speaking at Edinburgh Napier University on the site of the military hospital where war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon first met a century ago.

The special event was to raise awareness of PTSD and to confront any stigma that people attach to the condition. Foxy continued:

"I thought it was a weakness and I was living in an alpha male environment - so I ignored it, and it compounded and got worse"

Also speaking was former Royal Marine, Jamie Sanderson, who spoke about how life on the frontline left a legacy of anxiety and suicidal thoughts but it was seeking the right help that allowed him to help himself and recover. 

Edinburgh Napier University is proud of its military links and last year signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

University Principal, Professor Andrea Nolan, described the institution as a "forces-friendly employer".