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A Father at Christmas



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For six years, young veteran Matt Neve hid his mental struggle from his friends and family. Despite being happily married to Zoe and having two young daughters, for Matt Christmas was a time to be endured, rather than enjoyed. To escape the noise and chaos, he often chose to work on Christmas Day.

Following in his father's footsteps

Matt joined the RAF at 16, following in his father’s footsteps. Soon, he was deployed to Iraq during the second Gulf War. His job as an RAF Driver saw him transporting men and women with life-changing and life-threatening injuries. Dealing with this at such a young age led Matt to rely on alcohol. At his lowest point, he even contemplated taking his own life. He was transferred back to the UK, spending a short time in hospital.

How a bow and arrow helped Matt overcome PTSD


Being a father at Christmas

This Christmas, for the first time in a long time, Matt is looking forward to being at home with his family, playing games and having fun.

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