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Falklands veteran goes on hunger strike for the second time over mental health care concerns

Gus hopes his campaign will raise awareness of the fact that veterans may need help. Credit: ITV News Central

A Falklands veteran says it is 'a national disgrace' how the country treats those who suffer mental health problems after serving in the forces.

62-year-old Gus Hales is on a two-week hunger strike outside a charity in Shropshire, hoping to raise awareness of the number of veterans who need help but may be struggling to get it.

In the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, he has camped outside Combat Stress in Newport - the charity which helped him with his PTSD a few years ago, but which he says improperly discharged him.

Both the charity, and the government have apologised for how he was treated.

Earlier this year on the Jeremy Kyle show somebody committed suicide afterwards, which was appalling and shocking, but the government had a full inquiry into that. This year we've had 59 veterans commit suicide and last year we had about 80. So this is a national disgrace and it has to be brought."

– Gus Hales
Gus Hales is camped outside of the Combat Stress premises in Shropshire. Credit: ITV News Central

We contacted Combat Stress and the Ministry of Defence for a response but so far we've yet to hear back from them. Last year, Combat Stress did apologise to Mr Hales as did the then Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood.

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