The men and women of our armed forces are sent to the front line in our name. As well as two World Wars, they've seen active service or played a vital peace-keeping role across the globe, including the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many thousands were involved during the thirty year long campaign in Northern Ireland.
Each of these conflicts, without exception, has resulted in psychiatric casualties. And for many who are affected, the problems may take years, perhaps decades to surface. The care and treatment these ex-service personnel need over many years is largely provided by the voluntary sector. But how much help is there from Government? Anne Brown investigates.