More spoils of war for McNab
By Hannah Stephenson – Press & Journal
Published: 22/05/2010

His latest novel, War Torn, which is also being made into a TV series, traces the stories of a platoon in Afghanistan who suffer both physical and mental injuries and how it affects their families back home.

The MoD granted him unprecedented access to Army welfare services so that he could get a genuine understanding of the lives of the families left behind.

“It’s not as bad as the doom and gloom that’s put about,” he says.

“In the last two years, there have been improvements.”

Counselling services for war-damaged soldiers are in place, but there’s still a stigma among servicemen about asking for psychological help, says McNab.

“In the Army, you’ve got this young, macho environment. They don’t want to be seen as ‘jellyheads’. But junior and senior NCOs are now trained to identify if there’s a problem and try and work it out at the early stages.”

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