Veteran on air after troubled post-army life

Irthlingborough man Ken Campbell, who has set up an internet radio station aimed at armed forces veterans.

Irthlingborough man Ken Campbell, who has set up an internet radio station aimed at armed forces veterans.

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A Falklands veteran who was diagnosed with combat stress disorder two decades after leaving the Army has set up an online radio station aimed at communicating with former Armed Forces personnel who have had similar experiences.

Ken Campbell, 56, from Irthlingborough, served in the Royal Engineers between 1977 and 1986, but said he began experiencing problems after seeing action in the Falklands War of 1982.

He has spent about a year setting up his station – www.veteransradionet.com – which he broadcasts from his living room for a few hours a day and which aims to speak to others who have had similar experiences.

Mr Campbell said: “After I left the Army in 1986 I had a lot of problems with alcohol. I had mental health issues and mood swings. I eventually ended up in prison.

“After I left prison I spoke to other veterans who had similar issues and I was eventually diagnosed with combat stress in 2007. With the help of these other veterans I’ve managed to put my life back on track.”

Mr Campbell said the idea came to him about a year ago when he was talking to other veterans about similar stations which have sprung up in the US.

He added: “I’m no IT whizz so a friend of mine has helped me out with that side of things. I managed to get hold of a laptop computer through a charity and I got some other kit that I needed second-hand, so the set-up hasn’t been very expensive. I eventually want this to become a commercial station.”

For more information, visit www.veteransradionet.com.