The Sandbag Times Issue No:18


The Veterans Magazine

Former Army Captain scoops award.

A former army captain from Cowling who

overcame a life-changing brain injury and

now helps other injured ex-service personnel

has won a coveted national award. Rob

Cromey-Hawke has received the individual

Working Together accolade in the

Soldiering On Awards. The presentation

was made during a ceremony in London by

Major General Martin Rutledge. Mr

Cromey-Hawke sustained serious brain and

spinal injuries during a second tour of

Afghanistan in 2012, when the vehicle he

was travelling in drove over an Improvised

Explosive Device. The incident left him with

memory and concentration difficulties and

chronic pain. He got involved with Team

True Spirit, which helped to boost his

confidence and self-esteem, before

becoming part of the Invictus Games. He

took part in the Games in 2014. Mr

Cromey-Hawke also competed in last year's

Translator commits suicide after being booted out by UK

The Government has been

accused of ‘shameful’ treatment

of Afghan war translators over the

case of an interpreter who

reportedly killed himself while

facing deportation from Britain.

Nangyalai Dawoodzai is

understood to have worked for

the British Army in Afghanistan

for three years before fleeing the

country after receiving death

threats from the Taliban. The 29-

year-old, who paid people

smugglers to reach the UK, was

told his request for asylum in

Britain had been rejected when it

was found he had been

fingerprinted in Italy on arrival in

Europe, according to the Daily

Mail. Faced with being sent back

to Italy to claim political asylum

there, he killed himself, a fellow

Warrior Games, scooping six gold medals.

He was part of a 40-strong British Armed

Forces team, supported by Help for Heroes,

which took part in the event in Virginia. His

golden haul featured five medals in

swimming and one in cycling. He also

helped to establish the Headway Forces

Support Group – the first group of its kind

to offer dedicated backing to service

personnel and veterans with brain injuries.

Mr Cromey-Hawke said he was delighted to

receive the award. "I am honoured to be

recognised in the Working Together

category” The Working Together category

was sponsored by the Forces in Mind Trust,

established to help ex-service personnel and

their families make a successful transition

back to civilian life. "I hope we can help and

support many more veterans and their

families affected by brain injury.“ Read the

full story here.

translator told the newspaper.

Liberal Democrat peer Lord

Ashdown, who has championed

the cause of Afghan war

interpreters for years, said their

treatment was scandalous. ‘This is

the most tragic example of a

shameful Government policy,’ he

told the Daily Mail. In March,

David Cameron told the House

of Commons a set of conditions

for Afghan interpreters to be

given sanctuary in Britain had

been agreed while in coalition

with the Lib Dems. According to

the Daily Mail, at least three other

interpreters who served UK forces

in war zones currently face

deportation because they were

fingerprinted in mainland Europe

before arriving in the UK.

The SBT Says: There are times

when I am ashamed to say I am

part of the UK and this is one of

them. How disgusting of the

government to turn their backs on

these brave people that have

sacrificed so much. I do hope

this is the last time we turn our

back on those who help us. Read

the full story here.

Hero who 'died twice' takes part in Invictus Games

A Devon man who suffered devastating injuries in a bomb blast

in Afghanistan travelled to the sunny city of Orlando, Florida, to

take part in this year's Invictus games. Paul Vice MC, 32, from

Exeter, served as a Royal Marine for 16 years before suffering

life changing injuries in August 2011 whilst in Afghanistan.

Whilst being flown back to safety the father-of-four was

described as "dying twice". Despite the bomb blast, leading to

Paul being eventually forced to have his left leg amputated in

November 2014, he has taken part in the Invictus Games, a

sporting event for wounded, ill and injured service men and

women, numerous times. He said: "When I first got injured I

did wallow. But in 2013 I took part in the Warrior Games and it

gave me a new lease of life. See how Paul and the rest of the

team did in Orlando here or read our Invictus Games article.

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