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Joe Glenton Wikipedia, Twitter, Book, Regiment, Guardian, Wife – A former member of the British Army who served in Afghanistan wants to dispel illusions about the service and its past.
Joe Glenton has stated that when it comes to the effects of duty on veterans, trauma is only “half the story” and that military training in and of itself “changes you from the inside.”
Before his weekend visit to the city, the author told Bristol Live that politicians and far-right organisations abuse veterans far too frequently to further their own agendas. In this country, you can get away with anything if you say “it’s for the troops,” according to Joe.
When he was 22 years old, he regarded enlisting in the Army as a means of escaping poverty and thought it was a force for good. He was sent to Afghanistan at the age of 24, and at first he thought they were there to save the Afghan people.
He claimed that after serving in Afghanistan for seven months in 2006, “the fantasy of the military” that had been imposed upon him from above slowly began to disappear.
“Even though I didn’t have a university education and was just 24 years old, I could tell morally that this wasn’t what I was told we were going to accomplish. Joe continued, “The Afghan people didn’t want us there, therefore our presence sparked a gun war.
The 39-year-old has had prolonged bouts of depression and was given a diagnosis of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) 11 years ago. He also experienced “moral injury,” which is a word for the severe degrees of guilt and shame that come with acting against one’s own conscience.
“PTSD has become a catch-all phrase, but what it tends to miss out on is that a lot of veteran’s difficulties aren’t really about trauma from the war, but rather the immersion and experience of military training and culture, Joe said. “A lot of the issues with drug usage and homelessness are directly related to military service, which can often be exacerbated by trauma.
“The experience of military training, which is highly masculine, aggressive, and reactionary, accounts for a lot of their results and the reason why so many veterans are furious and right-wing. “To make you a soldier, the military must transform you from the inside out.”
Norwich-born Joe, who is currently a journalist and filmmaker, visited Afghanistan once more last year to produce a documentary. Going back as a journalist, without weapons, aerial support, or armour to hide behind, was both more rewarding and horrifying than his first visit, he claimed.