Help for former police and military personnel
In recent days, the BBC's Nolan Show has highlighted the plight of police officers dealing with traumatic experiences in their service.
So many in our community have yet to express their true feelings as to how they were affected by years of violence and, I am afraid, this is not helped when so many have to fight to get their diagnosed PTSD recognised.
At least they may be receiving some medical and social support, as opposed to those still to come forward.
Through your columns, can I speak directly to those many living in west Tyrone who served in the military, police or Prison Service during Operation Banner?
Military and Police Support (MAPS) of west Tyrone is here to provide low-level support, drop-in, advice, befriending and signposting for those who served.
As a charity, we are run by ex-service for ex-service, so we have the empathy and understanding to provide a service to our former colleagues.
We would dearly like to offer a service to the rest of the community; servants such as the Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service and nursing veterans, but numbers dictate we cannot.
We do, however, urge these people to seek the help and support they need via their local VSS NI-funded organisation.
MAPS can be contacted by calling in to the office at 53 Market Street, Omagh, BT78 1EL, (028 8224 5459), or email: mapsofwesttyrone @btinternet.com.
Please make the call and let us help, or keep you informed, for when that day comes.
RICHARD SCOTT MBE
Chairman, Military and Police Support (MAPS), West Tyrone