A hero Army bomb finder Jack Lamb who was shot in the head by a sniper in Afghanistan is penniless and living in a car.
Jack Lamb told how he has Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since taking a Taliban bullet in the face while on patrol six years ago.
The 25-year-old ex-Rifleman accused the Army of not helping him readjust to life on civvy street where he is on benefits after failing to find work.
I came into the real world with no real skills and severe brain damage,” he said.
“I didn’t even know how to pay my own bills.
“I’ve had severe PTSD, breakdowns and put a lot on to my family. I believe there should be more help for people like me out there.”
Jack, of Jarrow, Tyneside, joined 3 Rifles after leaving school at 16 and was deployed to Afghanistan searching for mines and IEDs.
He said: “All I knew was the Army. After I left, my life hit rock bottom. I’m on an Army pension but that doesn’t get you far.
“I applied for a part-time job at a petrol station but was told I didn’t have the right skills. I was one of the best bomb finders in the Army but I couldn’t work in a petrol station. That was a wake-up call for me.”
Jack now wants to train with the ISSEE security and explosives consultancy so he can carry out humanitarian work helping to clear minefields in former war zones.