Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'I Want Veterans to Know That They Are Not Alone' AFTER SUFFERING FROM PTSD, ROB CURRAN HAS A MESSAGE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'I Want Veterans to Know That They Are Not Alone' AFTER SUFFERING FROM PTSD, ROB CURRAN HAS A MESSAGE

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Byline: MICHAEL MUNCASTER Reporter michael.muncaster@trinitymirror.com @MichaelMjourno

THE horrors of war and surviving three roadside bomb attacks in Iraq left Rob Curran bearing the mental scars of conflict.

A bodyguard and self-confessed love rival of Andy Carroll, Rob worked all over the world earning six-figure salaries to protect some of the most wealthy and influential people.

Prior to that he spent eight years in the Royal Marines, joining the force aged just 17.

But what Rob, now 39, experienced in over a decade was more traumatic than he could ever have imagined.

Under constant attack from the enemy, he lost close friends including paratrooper Stephen Enright, who died in his arms after being hit by an explosive device.

Rob returned home convinced he could put it all behind him, but almost immediately his life spiralled out of control as he turned to alcohol before spending nearly two years behind bars.

It was only while he was on remand in jail that he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Now, three weeks after being released from prison again, Rob is determined to turn his life around and help others battling the condition.

"How can you go from shooting up cars and people in Iraq to coming back to do the shopping at Sainsbury's?" Rob said.

"I was blown up three times and I've seen women and kids getting blown up all for nothing.

"It is wrong for people who have put their lives on the line for their country to have to get back to normal without help.

"I want to help other veterans who have PTSD and show them they are not alone. It could be part of my legacy."

After building a successful career, Rob's life began to unravel in 2010 when he was arrested for allegedly torching then-Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll's PS70,000 Range Rover outside Kevin Nolan's home in Ponteland.

He was arrested and quizzed over the arson attack before being released on bail. Five months later police told him he would not be charged. …

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