Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

In His Own Words - Geoff Dunning's Journey Back with Horses

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

In His Own Words - Geoff Dunning's Journey Back with Horses

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WHEN I was in Vietnam I thought I was most fortunate at the time. I was a medic in a field ambulance and I have an aversion to working in hospitals of all things.

I had the opportunity to train and work with American air ambulance so I got on the helicopter and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Out of my 12-month tour I spent probably eight months flying.

At 21 you're 10-foot tall and bulletproof and when I think about it now there were some very traumatic events that one was exposed to.

Towards the end of my time in the Army I started to suffer from depression and anxiety.

At the time PTSD was not as well-known as it is and I sought some help for it but again it was hard to put a finger on it.

Then being in the ambulance service and again being exposed to everything from traumatic events to aggression and combative behaviour I think that brought it more to the fore. That was the catalyst for the ultimate diagnosis.

I was diagnosed with it about six years ago. …

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