Ex-rifleman who was shot in head by an Afghanistan sniper is broke and living in his car

AN Army veteran who was shot in the head in Afghanistan is now broke and forced to live in his car.

Jack Lamb, 25, underwent a 13-hour operation to save his life after being hit by a sniper while he was in the war-torn country during a tour of duty with 3 Rifles.

He spent three years getting treatment at the Army’s Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey before being given a medical discharge.

Lamb has suffered from PTSD for six years.

The former rifleman has now accused the Army of not helping him to readjust to life and is now reliant on benefits after he failed to find work.

He had been sleeping on friends sofas but had to move his belongings into his VW Golf after a relative could no longer put up with him.

Lamb told the Star on Sunday: “I came into the real world with no real skills and severe brain damage.

“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.”

He joined the Army after he left school at 16 and was sent to Afghanistan and helped search for mines and IEDs.

I came into the real world with no real skills and severe brain damage

Ex-serviceman Jack Lamb
Lamb 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.”

His hopes were raised when he saw an advert calling for ex-service personnel to appear on the BBC’s property show DIY SOS.

In a special edition of the show hosted by Nick Knowles, volunteers including Princes William and Harry, converted empty houses into a community for ex-service men and women in Manchester.

Lamb claims the producers offered the prospect of an internship with the corporation as an incentive to get him on the programme.

He believes they were more interested in getting his story on TV rather than showing a “duty of care”.

Jack managed to get a home built on the show but he moved out after his mental state worsened when he was housed with a fantasist caught lying about serving in the Afghan war.

The BBC said in a statement to the paper: “We take the welfare of contributors very seriously and have practices in place to ensure an on-going duty of care.”

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson told The Sun Online: “NHS England is committed to providing mental health care around the country so anyone in need of treatment can access help as close to home as possible.

“This includes bespoke services for veterans, which have been supported by an extra £10 million as part of the NHS’ long term plan.

“At the same time, the MOD has increased spending on mental health support for those serving in the armed forces to £22 million a year, and is working to tackle the stigma around asking for help throughout the military community.”