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The Veterans Magazine


2018 Review

In a year where so much has happened in Armed Forces and

Veterans world, the SBT has been hard at work to capture

events and bring our readers the very latest news, reviews,

stories and gossip as it happened with a little bit of fun thrown

in for good measure. We take a look back at the last year with

the nations favourite Veterans magazine.

January 2018

The year started, unfortunately, how it was to

continue. WO2 Nathan Hunt was the first of

71 Armed Forces and Veterans to take his life.

More troops were sent to Afghanistan and

MP’s called to unite charities. We feature

Emille Gheeson as he ventured

into hostile territory with the Robin

Hood Complex and Mrs Fox made

her debut in the SBT with her hit

series ‘Mrs Fox Goes To War’.

March 2018

In the March news, the NHS initiative

TILS was rolled out. The Welsh Guards

were confirmed to return to Afghanistan

and the suicide figures continued to

rise with the death of Jarryd Wingfield .

We featured the wonderful book ‘A Half

Shilling Curate’ and also carried out a

review on the Armed Forces Covenant

following reports of failures.

May 2018

The pilot involved in the Shoreham

aircrash was in court charged with

11 counts of manslaughter while North Korea

announced that it was halting Nuclear testing.

The 2018 Airshow season was upon us and the

SBT took a look at the displays which were to

grace our skies.

February 2018

The Deepcut Inquest was all over the press

with the new inquest into Pte Sean Benton

who died at Deepcut Barracks. Two SAS officers

went on trial over the Brecon Beacon

deaths and we lost Capt Dean Sprouting to

an accident in Iraq. Our main feature was the

hit play ‘A Brave Face’. An amazing production

with not a word spoken but yet so much

said. Look out for it again in 2019.

April 2018

The big news in April was the death of Cpl

Jonathan Bayliss following a Red Arrows Jet

accident. Gen Nick Carter was named as the

UK’s new Military chief and the MOD paid out

compensation for PTSD for the first time. The

big feature was the launch of the BTCC season

with our patron, Matt Neal in a brand new

Honda Civic Type R (FK8) at Donnington Park.

June 2018

The sad news that Danny Johnstons body

had been found despite a high profile search

shocked the veterans community. The UK

considered sending even more troops to

Afghanistan and retired Lt Col Chris Parker

hits out over employers attitude to PTSD. We

featured BFBS radio as ‘The Battle of the

Breakfast Clubs’ was launched.

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