British War Veterans Professionals at the
Eduardo C. GERDING
Professionals Left to Right: Bourdieu, Armour,La
Gerding, Giunta and Cornejo Jackson
On March 30th, I took part in a most interesting meeting which took place at the War Veterans´Health Center Islas Malvinas in
Aires whose General Director is Colonel Esteban Vilgré La and the Medical
Director Major Martín Bourdieu (Psychiatrist). Madrid
It was headed by Dr Enrique Stein, DoD´s Coordinator of the Mental Health Team, Catastrophes, Humanitarian Help and Armed Forces Peace Missions.
The meeting was attended too by Captain Antonio Enrique Cornejo (Psychologist and Master in Integration of Disabled patients) Chief of the Peace Operations Department, Licenciate in Psychology Gastón Giunta ,Peace Operations Department and war veteran Alejandro Diego (ARA Bahía Buen Suceso)
Our British guests were Dr. David Jackson and Dr.David John ´Lou ´Armour ,Royal Marines.
Dr. David Jackson
The 3,500-strong brigade is an amphibious rapid reaction force, highly trained for combat in extreme weather conditions and on difficult terrain.
The frontline of the brigade is made up of three lightly armed units - 40, 42 and 45 Commando - which each have about 700 members.
He studied psychology with the Open University and graduated in 1995 with a BSc(Hons), In 2002 he completed his MA in counselling studies at the UEA writing an autoethnographical exploration of his PTSD. This was a presentation of his MA dissertation called Unshedding the mask. Has my journey from Royal Marine to counsellor enabled me to embrace my experience of war and ultimately accept it?
Through this presentation
gave an insight into the experience
of PTSD from a war veteran now a counsellor perspective. His research was an
opportunity for him to unshed his masks of masculinity and his mask of ex Royal
Marine war veteran. Jackson
In 2010 he graduated from the
completing his EdD. His dissertation was called Seven days Down South: a war story and uses film, photos, poetic
representation, song and artefacts from the past as a representation of his
story and the narratives of war veterans. Dr David Jackson is an expert in the
social and cultural aspects of war veterans living in society. University of Bristol
David is the Co Director of Veteran to Veteran (Turning it around) a community interest group whose aim is to better the lives of war veterans and their dependants throughout the UK through furthering the understanding of the cultural and social difficulties for War Veterans and families within society through workshops and seminars and through research and publication. He was an academic consultant for the Lord Ashcroft's Veterans Transition Review.
Dr Jackson made a film which is a multi modal representation about his return to the Malvinas.
Dr. David John ´Lou ´Armour
Former Sergeant David John ´Lou ´Armour served as Corporal when the Operation Rosario took place on 2 April 1982. Naval Party 8901 at this time comprised just 42 men. Corporal 'Lou' Armour, commanding '1 Section', was positioned at Hookers Point when the Argentines disembarked. Shortly after the attack on Moody Brook, he was ordered to withdraw to Govt House, meeting up with Corporal David Carr's section along the way.He was captured, sent back to
Britain and, with the rest of his comrades,
returned to the South Atlantic to join up with
the Task Force. His personal story of the invasion, his capture and his return
to the Falklands, is told in Speaking Out
- Untold stories from the Falklands War.
The Argies had some armoured vehicles moved up. At the time of the surrender, when Rex Hunt went out to talk with them, I was actually quite pleased we were stopping, I make no bones about it . . . I didn't fancy getting shot to bits. I was just glad it was finished. They made us lie down. Suddenly you're in their hands. There were two APCs [armoured personnel carriers] of theirs hit; they must have lost guys in them. There were three casualties lying in the
. You think: What sort
of mood are they going to be in when their oppos are shot up? When we were
actually lying down I felt a bit humiliated but I also felt apprehensive about
what was going to happen next. One of the Argentine officers came along and
actually struck one of the guards and told us to stand up. We stood up and he
shook my hand and a few other guys' hands and said that we shouldn't lie down,
that we should be proud of what we'd done. I liked him. We were put in the back
of a Hercules to be taken to garden of Government House . Argentina
Corporal Armour returned to the Falklands with his unit, “J” Company, 42 Commando, as part of the Task Force aboard the
. His company of
marines were held in reserve after the initial landings at Canberra but later they were moved forward
to Goose Green to re-inforce a second-stage attack on the settlement by 2 Para.
Amphibious Command Corporal Jacinto Eliseo Batista leads Royal Marines on April 2, 1982
Lou Armour went to
Army Colonel Esteban Vilgré La Madrid
Army Major Medicine Doctor Martín Bourdieu
Dr. Enrique Stein
Captain (Navy) Licenciate in Psychology Antonio E. Cornejo
Licenciate in Psychology Gastón Giunta
War Veteran Alejandro Diego
Alejandro Diego, as part of the crew of ARA “Bahia Buen Suceso” ship, sailed from Port Stanley to Darwin, Strait of San Carlos, Howard and Fox Bay, where two Harriers attacked the ship They landed on Fox Bay, where they received several navy bombs, and air attacks.
www.foromilitar.com.ar - 16 de Mayo ataque al ARA Buen Suceso
From Left to right: War Veterans Bourdieu, Armour, Vilgré La
Madrid, and Diego. Jackson
We learned more about Secondary traumatic stress which is the emotional duress that results when an individual hears about the firsthand trauma experiences of another. Its symptoms mimic those of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Accordingly, individuals affected by secondary stress may find themselves re-experiencing personal trauma or notice an increase in arousal and avoidance reactions related to the indirect trauma exposure. They may also experience changes in memory and perception; alterations in their sense of self-efficacy; a depletion of personal resources; and disruption in their perceptions of safety, trust, and independence.
Lou Armour depicted as well the differences between the ground forces experience in
and Malvinas. Afghanistan
Summarizing. we learned a lot from each other updating health issues and sharing war experiences. We look forward to have more of this uplifting reunions.
- 3 Commando Brigade-Royal Marines-BBC News-26 February ,2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/2647243.stm
- Dr David Jackson-University of Exeter-Strategy and Security Institute- http://www.exeter.ac.uk/strategy/people/honoraryappointments/richardjackson/
- Gerding, Eduardo- A game for reconciliation- http://nottinghammalvinas.blogspot.com.ar/2015/10/a-game-for-reconciliation.html
- Orders, decorations, medals and militaria(23 September 2011) http://www.dnw.co.uk/auction-archive/catalogue-archive/lot.php?auction_id=226&lot_id=80548
- Reformulan la terapia de ex combatientes-La Nación 24 de marzo de 2007.