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The wife of a heroic Royal Marine struck down by post traumatic stress disorder triggered by his horrific experiences in Afghanistan has spoken out about her two-year battle with the military to get him the treatment for the illness she says has torn their lives apart.
Alecia Emerson-Thomas, 38, who recently appeared on hit TV show The Heist, claims that despite pleading with service chiefs that her husband desperately needed psychiatric help she was ignored – even after he threw himself in front of a car in an apparent cry for help.
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Corporal Peter Emerson-Thomas, 36, had a mental breakdown after serving in Helmand province, including more than nine months in the Taliban stronghold of Sangin where more than 100 British troops were killed in some of the bloodiest fighting of the conflict.
From the tender age of nine all Peter had wanted to do was join the Royal Marines and earn the Commandos’ coveted Green Beret.
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During three gruelling tours of Afghanistan between 2006 and 2010 17 of his close comrades were killed and scores wounded, he was in the thick of the fighting and on several occasions was lucky to escape death. On his return to the UK he seemed able to cope with the emotional legacy of what he had experienced.
He met Alecia in 2010, then a single mum and a policewoman, and became a father figure to her son, Ethan.
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The couple married two years later and welcomed their first child together, William, in 2013.
But over the next three years, according to Alecia, his behaviour became more erratic. He suffered nightmares and flashbacks to the war zone. Every night he would wake up sweating and shouting and unaware of his whereabouts – classic signs of mental illness. She was so concerned about his deterioration that she sought help from a Royal...
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