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#Eleven11 – How serving with Team Rubicon helps Manny control his PTSD

This Remembrance Day we are running a campaign called Eleven11 and encouraging people to join our critical Team Rubicon Support Squad. Through a monthly donation of £11 or more, you can make a massive impact at Team Rubicon.  The beauty of Team Rubicon is our dual mission, where your money makes double the difference – by positively impacting both the communities affected by disasters who we assist, and the veterans who serve them.  During November we are bringing you a series of 11 blogs which will show the difference Team Rubicon makes and, hopefully, inspire you to join our Support Squad.

Meet Manny who joined Team Rubicon earlier this year and how this has helped him control his PTSD.

Manny, an Army medic and originally from Ghana, was on the second day of his first ever tour in Afghanistan when he was faced with an horrific attack on UK troops in a compound that left 5 men dead and another 4 with life threatening injuries. He did what he could for them with the support of the team until the helicopter arrived.

When on patrol just two weeks later, his commander David Wiseman (aka Wisey) was shot in the chest. Manny just managed to keep him alive until the helicopter also came for him.

Manny was later medically discharged from the Army with PTSD not knowing if the men who had been medevac’d were alive or dead. Since then his marriage ended and he has thrown himself into computer work to keep his mind occupied. But he struggles to sleep every night. When he does sleep he has terrible nightmares.

At the start of this year Manny was tracked down by Wisey, who has been involved with Team Rubicon since its inception. Manny was amazed to find Wisey was alive and well and Wisey saw what struggles Manny was facing and immediately suggested he signed up with Team Rubicon.

Manny deployed to Nepal in March 2016, as part of an ongoing service project to rebuild a school in the remote region of Ghorkha, Nepal, which was destroyed during the 2015 earthquakes. This is Manny’s reflection on his deployment.

Manny Penuel engaging with local helpers
Manny Penuel engaging with local helpers

“PTSD has to do with guilt and you feel you are not wanted. You feel bad about yourself. So you join this team and come here. You are in a group of people who are always bringing up jokes so there’s something to laugh about all the time. They make you feel wanted. It’s amazing how all of a sudden you become the centre of something, someone is talking about you. It has helped me a lot. I am fit, I am controlling my PTSD and I have great friends now all over the world.”

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Find out more about Eleven11 and how you can join our Support Squad.

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