Posted on November 8, 2018
How TV and films portray people who’ve served in the Forces can have the best of us shouting at the screen in disbelief and frustration. Now a government minister says inaccurate portrayals are ” unhelpful ” and could even affect job prospects. Defence Minister and former Army Captain, Tobias Ellwood says Armed forces veterans’ career prospects are being blighted by films which give the impression they may have been left “doolally” by their experience of combat. Hollywood hits from the Deer Hunter to American Sniper have depicted veterans struggling to adapt to civilian life. While the recent popular TV series the Bodyguard showed the impact of post-traumatic stress on an ex-soldier. Mr Ellwood told political magazine The House that the perception that forces veterans are likely to be damaged is “decidedly untrue and unhelpful”. He cited studies which found that 90% of the population thought that forces veterans might be “damaged”.