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Poppy Fields, Prime Ministers, Poker and PTSD – A Life No Less Ordinary-bookcover

By: Simon Richardson

Poppy Fields, Prime Ministers, Poker and PTSD – A Life No Less Ordinary

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From Arctic tundra to desert sands, soaring through skies and scaling mountain peaks, this is the riveting story of a helicopter crew-member who defied every environment. Navigating perilous missions at a mere 50 feet and reaching supersonic speeds, this brave aviator faced everything from enemy fire to mortar attacks.

Embarking on diverse operations, from lifesaving humanitarian missions to daring raids, and executing complex casualty evacuations, he embodied the unwavering dedication of helicopter aircrews. Along the way, he encountered a captivating cast of characters, from world leaders and high-ranking military officials to unexpected encounters with a CEO and a curious NCO with an unusual request.

Prepare for a thrilling adventure that spans the globe, where the scent of war lingers amidst the grit, grime, and bloodshed, only to be followed by uproarious laughter at the hilariously absurd tales of life in the forces. But beyond the adrenaline-fueled exploits, this book also delves into the uncharted territory of mental health, providing an intimate firsthand account of the daily battles faced by service personnel and veterans alike.

Join this remarkable journey that uncovers the extraordinary experiences of a helicopter aircrew, and gain a deeper understanding of the courage, camaraderie, and resilience that define the lives of those who serve. Brace yourself for a rollercoaster of emotions as you navigate the highs and lows of this gripping memoir.

Having endured a decade and a half of mental health torment, rather than dwell on the past the author wishes to look forward and see what can be achieved in his future. At present, separated, single and on universal credit, living in Cumbria, he wishes to give back to society and those that have forfeited so much already. He is planning to help those who still suffer from their mental health.

He still has to measure each and every day with the ongoing battle with chronic fatigue, cognitive difficulty and short-term memory loss. He will look to offer what he can when he can.

More mindful, empathic and gained emotional intelligence, the journey will never finish as it’s the journey that allows growth.

Customer Reviews
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  • Richard

    At once entertaining in its tightly written descriptions of the hard and lighter sides of military service, this is also a story of the life-changing destructive effects of PTSD in those who choose to serve and defend. Ten intense operational tours - Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia – led to Simon’s medical discharge from the Armed Forces. How he adjusts is both informative and uplifting. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

  • Daddy Jaffa

    It has brought back some great memories of a journey and a life we have shared together on the Mighty Chinook - Animo Et Fide Buddy

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