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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 July 2005, 22:13 GMT 23:13 UK
Shock troops

True stories of soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Robert Ryan, a former infantry officer
Shock Troops
Sunday 17 July 2005
22:15 BST, BBC One
As the nation thanks the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who took part in World War II, Panorama meets men who have served in more recent conflicts - and suffered severe psychological wounds - casualties of war whose injuries are serious and often disabling, but not immediately recognisable.

The programme asks whether the military authorities are still failing some of those whose service exposes them to trauma and to horrifying experiences, which leave them damaged and hurt. Panorama meets veterans, young and old, psychologically wounded by their military service, and talks to psychiatrists and others critical of the care and treatment that they receive.

Panorama goes on a journey back into his own history with a 40-year-old, former infantry officer, Robert Ryan. The programme follows his attempts, now, to deal with the traumatic effects of his service in Bosnia, over ten years ago, when he experienced the terrible aftermath of ethnic cleansing. The former soldier still confronts danger - running convoys through war-torn Iraq. But an email to the BBC sets Robert on a difficult mission - re-visiting memories of Bosnia that he has never managed to come to terms with.

Panorama travels with him to meet his family, friends, and former Army colleagues- and learns, with him, about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - and what happens to men like him when the stress becomes too great.

Production team:
Reporter: Vivian White
Producer: Huw Marks
Assistant Producer: Patrick Barrie
Researcher: Mora McLagan
Deputy Editors: Andrew Bell, Frank Simmonds
Editor: Mike Robinson

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