Vikki FoleyVikki Foley's husband Christopher served with 3rd Battalion the Rifles. His Regiment were hit hard in Afghanistan and he lost a friend. His PTSD diagnosis led to his medical discharge, and ultimately to Vikki reaching out to Help for Heroes and the Band of Sisters for support. Watch her describe their journey from the front line to a veterans' street.
Vikki Foley – Film 1Vikki Foley is married to Christopher who served with 3rd Battalion the Rifles Regiment. A couple of her sisters were in the Royal Signals and she joined as a military chef but left after she met Chris. Chris was always laughing, smiling and very sociable, but that was before his tour of Afghanistan. Vikki was not prepared for the change in him; 3rd Rifles were hit hard and he lost a friend. Watch as Vikki describes why Chris didn’t want to return home from Afghanistan - the anger and drive to fight after losing his friend.
Vikki Foley – Film 2When Vikki's husband Chris came home during his first tour of Afghanistan he was his usual self, but after his tour was finished, his behaviour became erratic and loud noises made him jump. He began to drink heavily and show aggression. Hear Vikki recall what happened as his doctors suspected he was probably suffering from PTSD.
Vikki Foley – Film 3Vikki's husband Chris is sent out on his 2nd tour of Afghanistan. This time he was more prepared for what could happen; more cautious and more focused. Sadly, when he returns his Chris mental health deteriorates and his behaviour changes, leading to a referral to the Community Psychiatric Nurse. He was medically downgraded at work and given light duties. Watch Vikki describe how she held onto a lot of anger and hate towards the army and Chris' Regiment for not helping him sooner, and how she believes she should have pushed harder to get someone to listen.
Vikki Foley – Film 4After Vikki and Chris' son was born, the added responsibility made a positive difference - he was less angry and drank less. When Chris was told he was going to be medially discharged in 2015theye had three months’ notice to find a house. It proved impossible until they managed to secure a property through a Veterans housing organisation. Being on a street with other veterans made a big difference - having people around who understood the problems. Hear Vikki explain how Chris struggled to explain his PTSD to the civilian doctor who kept trying to put him on medication that had done him no good in the past.
Vikki Foley – Film 5Vikki started to talk to the Band of Sisters for support after a neighbour recommended them. Chris wasn’t interested in getting involved but Vikki really appreciated their help - a massive crazy family of people who understand her and the issues she is dealing with. Hear Vikki explain how she wants other people to know they are not the only ones going through this - there is support available through Help for Heroes.
Vikki Foley – Film 6Vikki dabbled in writing poetry and wrote a piece for the Invictus Games which was one of twelve selected. The poem rang home to a lot of people suffering and living with someone suffering from PTSD. Hear Vikki describe her favourite aspect of being one of the Band of Sisters - the Respite.
Vikki Foley’s husband Christopher served with 3rd Battalion the Rifles. His Regiment were hit hard in Afghanistan and he lost a friend. His PTSD diagnosis led to his medical discharge, and ultimately to Vikki reaching out to Help for Heroes and the Band of Sisters for support. Watch her describe their journey from the front line to a veterans’ street.