anthony

From Steve Porter

We met Anthony outside asda, an Afghanistan veteran of 15 years from 2 para living on the streets with PTSD everyone was walking past him, if only they knew what he did for our country. Now he needs your help.

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over 1 year ago

Went out to see Anthony today and he took us to see where he lives and here it is, A door way with his belongings in a trolley, he has to take the trolley out to put his sleeping bag in to bed down for the night, maybe you can look at this pic before you go to bed at night and think of Anthony in his door way, please donate so he can see people care and he may get the will back to fight for him self, he feels worthless, in the way, not needed, and he served for our country for you, have a heart and help him back and donate to him

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This is Anthony, a lovely man that has been living on the the streets for the last 3 years.

Anthony is a veteran & served for 15yrs in 2 para and served in Afghanistan. After leaving the armed forces Anthony worked hard at his new job, bought a house, & later married & had a loving family.However like many people that served in Afghanistan Anthony struggled with the painful flashbacks and memories of serving his country behind enemy lines, this took its toll on Anthony and the new life he tried so hard to create for himself and his new family.

Anthony was unknowingly slowly slipping into immense depression and anxiety, he began to drink to numb the pain that consumed his mind and before he knew it, he was drinking 4 bottles of vodka on a regular basis to numb the pain & hurt that he was experiencing.

He told us "it’s like having a video played on repeat with no pause button. You end up loosing your grip on reality. I would often Look at photos of great friends I served with but returned home without. I just can’t explain what it does to a persons mind"With his life now at breaking point & deteriorating before his eyes he found himself lost and alone. He said the nightmares I would have were so traumatic, it would scare my children and life was just unbearable and ultimately my marriage ended.Before long I found myself homeless n living here on the streets. I’ve had to swallow every last ounce of my pride and learn to accept help, I’ve had no choice.Today I’m sitting here a shadow of the man I used to be, i don’t think I will ever be that same man that once fought for Queen n country.

I am not from Southampton but I was de-mobbed here. I couldn’t bear to go back up north which is where I am originally from, in case any of my ex army colleagues see me in the streets. The shame & desperation of how I ended up in this situation would just eat me up insidePTSD is a killer, I lost everything and everyone. I was far to proud to accept help from anyone, always convincing myself that I would get over things in time, but for me that just wasn’t the case. I am now completely off the drink and am trying to find some way of hopefully rebuilding my life but dont know how to while im in this position. 

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over 1 year ago

Update #1

Went out to see Anthony today and he took us to see where he lives and here it is, A door way with his belongings in a trolley, he has to take the trolley out to put his sleeping bag in to bed down for the night, maybe you can look at this pic before you go to bed at night and think of Anthony in his door way, please donate so he can see people care and he may get the will back to fight for him self, he feels worthless, in the way, not needed, and he served for our country for you, have a heart and help him back and donate to him

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