The wife of a Leeds veteran has penned an emotional letter to the Prime Minister urging him to give former soldiers the support they need to cope with Gulf War Syndrome.
Darren Jolley, who is a former Army medic, is believed to suffer from the condition 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 on their family life.
Darren, 46, from Rodley, suffers from anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), memory loss, slurred speech and chronic fatigue.
The couple are calling on the Government to recognise the life-changing condition so that Darren can be offered medical help.
Rachel has written a letter on behalf of the Gulf War Veterans Support Group to the Prime Minister urging for support.
She said: “Due to the number of veterans that are ravaged with pain with a series of debilitating symptoms and the lack of knowledge within the NHS, we believe that the time has now arrived whereby this condition has to be properly addressed.
“Recognising the condition and raising awareness within the medical world would mean that the thousands of veterans that are presently untreated or misdiagnosed would receive the medical attention they need.
“These veterans laid their lives on the line for us believing in a proud United Nation and are now fighting for their lives.
“It’s time we gave these brave soldiers, sailors and airmen and women the support and care they need and show them their fight was not in vain.”
Darren started to develop problems with his speech in 2001 but over the years his condition has started to deteriorate.
They joined thousands of veterans during an awareness raising march in London recently.