With daredevil Felix Baumgartner planning to skydive from the very edge of space at 120,000 feet later this year, it’s a good time to take a moment to remember a man who dreamed the same dream, Charles “Nish” Bruce.
As many of you know, Nish served with Andy McNab in B Squadron 22 SAS, specifically Air Troop, where he excelled at sky-diving. Nish long dreamed of breaking the free-fall altitude record, and if not for his untimely death (caused in large part by the effects of PTSD) he would have undoubtedly achieved it, as he achieved so many other things in life.
Even those of us who never knew Nish are still touched by his spirit, his daring, and his brave, though ultimately losing, struggle with mental illness. For more on Charles “Nish” Bruce, check out Andy McNab’s Seven Troop, and be sure to read Nish’s autobiography (written under a pseudonym), Freefall.
If there had been more awareness of — and treatment options for — PTSD, Nish Bruce might be alive today. Click for more information on PTSD and how you can help.