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Helmand veteran forced to spend winter in a tent

Freezing: Former
soldier Jake, who
suffers from PTSD, is
living with other
homeless people in
a makeshift camp PICTURE: SWNS

A SOLDIER who fought in Afghanistan is now homeless and living in a makeshift shack on a river bank.

The former tank driver, known only as Jake, left the Army after struggling to cope with the horrors of Helmand Province and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The 27-year-old, who served for six years, moved into temporary accommodation but became homeless when his relationship broke down in the summer. He is now camping with other homeless people in Worcester.

Jake said: ‘We are just trying to survive. It’s winter and freezing cold.

‘We are stuck outside as there’s no emergency housing available — all the places have been taken up.’

Jake, who uses his military training to gather wood, make shelter and keep warm, has contacted military charities but so far they have been unable to find him a permanent home.

Worcester City Council, which owns the land, plans to move the group on. A spokesman said: ‘We are liaising closely with the police and agencies that deal with rough sleepers to assess the welfare of people on the site.’