How the Army Abandoned My Son and Others; in a Heartfelt Letter Sent to the Birmingham Post, Mark Piotrowski Slams the Army for Abandoning Soldiers Returning from War Zones and Demands More Care for Their Mental Health
Byline: Mark Piotrowski
I am Mr Mark Piotrowski, father of the soldier jailed for firearms offences and assaulting a Military Police officer at a court martial last Monday.
I am not saying for one minute he didn't deserve a custodial sentence for these serious offences, but the military have been totally and utterly clinically negligent in their treatment of my son -and many other veterans of their so-called war to find WMDs - which is absolutely outrageous.
Young men returning home from conflict are receiving no help to return to normal 9-to-5 soldiering . . . creating a timebomb of human agony for them to endure, and thus creating a situation where a young man - such as my son, who had suffered obvious symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress syndrome) - will go and get involved in some sort of crime due to his mental state of mind.
This is something the military, and in particular the court martial, failed to take on board . . . my son has been labelled psychotic by the military doctors in the past, again totally without any proof, just a reason to hold him under the Mental Health Act and pump him full of drugs.
If this was so, why weren't these disorders treated by the Army? Why was he allowed to join their Army? Why didn't these disorders get picked up during a high pressure basic training course in which my son got best recruit?
Why didn't he flip in combat when in Iraq, when patrolling . . . Basra, whilst walking the streets of a hostile environment with a loaded weapon, coming into contact with insurgents/anti western forces?
Why weren't they picked up during his drill course . . . another high intensity course to gain his promotion to L/Cpl, within the first year of his life with the Battalion, in which, by the way, he came top with a distinction.
Why if he had these disorders were they not picked up when he was on ceremonial duties and in charge of the guard room at Wellington Barracks, Buckingham Palace, St James' Palace and Windsor Castle, escorting the Polish President into Buckingham Palace after his tours of duty in Iraq and Northern Ireland ? …