First World War Memorial

Instead of spending lots on stone and paint and school trips to Flanders, if the government wanted a really worthy memorial to the Great War it could set up a state-funded mental health service for demobbed (and active) soldiers.

The Great War is partly remembered for ‘shell shock.’  This was the first time that post-traumatic stress reached public awareness.  It was poo-pooed by the authorities, and even today it’s not adequately dealt with.  But PTSD is real; combat stress is real, and soldiers need help.  A compulsory set of therapeutic sessions on return from service would mean a change in culture so that going to a therapist was no longer emasculating.

Let’s remember the troops of the past by doing something meaningful for the troops of the present.

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