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Eyes Front for war veterans' invisible injuries: 5 August

28th July 2011 by Juliet Platt

isla st clairSwindon Trauma Group, established in 2009 to provide support to military veterans and sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Gulf War Syndrome, as well as raise awareness of the conditions amongst medical professionals, is holding its annual conference, followed by an evening cabaret, on 5th August, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the opening of Princess Alexandra's RAF Hospital in Wroughton.

Group chairman and Gulf War veteran Richard Hilling said, "our conferences have been very well attended in the past by forces' veterans from the UK and overseas."

"Our key note speaker at the conference will be Frank Parkinson, who is a PTSD expert and author of numerous books on the subject. We will also look at appropriate treatments and therapies that are available on the NHS, as well as what the government is doing to support veterans."

Frank himself has been a supporter of Swindon Trauma Group since its conception. "There is still a long way to go for the government and the medical profession to develop a healthy acceptance and understanding of post traumatic stress," he said.

The evening cabaret will feature singer, actress and former TV game show host, Isla St Clair, right, and her special musical tribute to the Forces entitled Eyes Front.

swindon trauma groupA joint ticket for both the conference and the evening cabaret costs £90, and is available from richardw.hilling@gmail.com

Pictured, planning the conference over tea at Basepoint Business Centre, from Joan Haddrell, centre manager Lyn Chapman, Derek Bradshaw, Richard Hilling

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