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Gulf War veterans band together to gain support

Leeds Gulf War Darren Jolley is set to take part in a 48 hour vigil at the Cenotaph in London.

Leeds Gulf War Darren Jolley is set to take part in a 48 hour vigil at the Cenotaph in London.

A Leeds Gulf War veteran is leading the call for the Government to help soldiers who are struggling with a debilitating condition.

Former Army medic Darren Jolley is believed to suffer from Gulf War Syndrome after serving in the first Gulf War in 1990.

His time on the front line has left Darren and his wife Rachel Jolley-Walker coping with the condition’s devastating impact.

Darren, 46, who was an active member of the Pudsey community, suffers from anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), memory loss, slurred speech and chronic fatigue.

The Rodley couple are calling on the Government to recognise the life-changing condition so that Darren can be offered medical help - and as part of their bid they are joining thousands of veterans during an awareness raising march and vigil in London.

Rachel said: “To be told the illness doesn’t exist because it’s not written down on a piece of paper is extremely frustrating.

“When you are in the Army or the services you are told if anything goes wrong you get on with it and just carry on.

“It’s heartbreaking really because there is nobody in the world who wants to see someone they love and care about be ill or suffering.”

The couple will be joining veterans across the country for a silent 48-hour vigil at the Cenotaph and they hand in a petition to Downing Street.

During the vigil Darren will play the Last Post.

Rachel added: “It’s going to be emotional when the Last Post is played especially this year in the centenary of the war. It will be incredibly poignant.”

The couple, who have already raised hundreds of pounds, will hold a fundraising day at the Parkfield Suite, in Pudsey, on September 6, to raise money for a coach for veterans and their carers to attend the march on September 27.

Visit www.gofundme.com/Gulf-War-Illness.

 

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