Tuesday, June 30, 2009

British soldiers injured in Afghanistan treated to sailing trip

Another story today on helping wounded soldiers and veterans recover from their experiences. The word PTSD doesn't appear anywhere in this article from the UK Ministry of Defence, but the idea of teamwork and rigorous adventure as a means of recovery is not new and would seem to be effective. The article also highlights the historic and strong ties between the regions of Great Britain and Army regiments. MP+

A sailing trust recently showed its appreciation for its local regiment by inviting soldiers, some of whom have been injured in Afghanistan, on a week-long sailing trip.

Sixteen soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment set off from Portsmouth on Monday 22 June 2009, under the watchful supervision of qualified seamen from the Cirdan Sailing Trust.

Sailing on the 32-metre-long Queen Galadriel - a Baltic Trader sailing vessel with a Gaff Ketch rig - the soldiers travelled to the Channel Islands, returning to Portsmouth on Friday 26 June.

Amongst the crew were five soldiers who were seriously injured in Afghanistan in 2007, including Corporal Billy Moore from Southend who was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery.

Read the whole article here.


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