A former rifleman who recently appeared on a special edition of TV show DIY SOS is campaigning for greater awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD).
Jack Lamb featured in the DIY SOS Homes For Veterans special, which saw a street in Manchester transformed into a veterans’ community. The ex-soldier found himself in the limelight after describing how he was shot by a sniper in Afghanistan. The injury left him partially blind and brain-damaged. He requires daily medication and suffers from PTSD but is determined to use his newfound celebrity as a platform to help others.
Jack wants councils to follow the lead of the TV show and transform other derelict or disused buildings into housing for ex-military personnel.
He said: “To get veterans’ housing in our region is about showing people you can do extraordinary things, even though you have PTSD.”
“When my PTSD is bad, I get extra-motivated, it makes me want to do more and prove to myself that I can do it. Getting derelict housing and transforming it into a place where war veterans can retrain and integrate back into society is showing others with PTSD that they can still do things and achieve.”
Jack now has thousands of Facebook followers, and has amassed a group of volunteers wanting to get involved. He also has the backing of his local MP for Jarrow, Stephen Hepburn, who is pushing for more derelict houses to be renovated for veterans.
Jack is also on a mission to raise awareness of PTSD.
He said: “If people hear me talking about PTSD, then they might go to the doctor. If one person sees me as an example or an inspiration and goes and gets help, then that is one more person who is dealing with PTSD.”