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VIDEO: Soldier turned filmmaker - Wayne aims to tell veterans' stories

VIDEO: Soldier turned filmmaker - Wayne aims to tell veterans' stories

Published at 7:11am 6th June 2016. (Updated at 7:26am 6th June 2016)

An army veteran from Knaresborough is hoping to create a film which highlights the struggles veterans face after leaving the army.

26 year old Wayne Sharrocks was injured in an IED explosion on his second tour of Afghanistan in 2011 and was lucky to come out of it with just a few scars.

Since leaving the army 3 years ago Wayne has been studying filmmaking at The Northern Film School and hopes his new passion will help other veterans.

He's now launched a Kickstarter campaign (scroll to the bottom to see the video) where he aims to raise money to produce the film and get veterans talking about their problems.

Wayne told Stray FM: "In truth the years after leaving the army were for me by far the hardest of my life.

"I have suffered from severe depression, anxiety, financial issues, isolation and at times felt completely helpless and alone."


The idea behind the film is for Wayne to travel around the UK speaking to ex soldiers, charities and organisations with the aim of highlighting the problems ex forces face and how and where they can seek help.

Wayne added: "It's like people don't want to lose face, as a solider you're seen as a strong and mentally tough person, you don't want to be the one to say I'm struggling, but once people do that's when they can come together."

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This project has already raised over £1000, but it will only go ahead if at least £2,080 is pledged by July 3rd 2016.

The money raised through the campaign will go towards equipment and travel expenses.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1236839879/life-after-war


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