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The Sandbag Times Issue No: 51

The Veterans Magazine

SBT 2018 Review In a

SBT 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. | 22 www.sandbagtimes.co.uk

SBT 2018 REVIEW July 2018 Alerts went up as veteran Robert Mason went missing. Thankfully, in this case he was found safe and well. Para’s were hit by the NI enquires and the Royal Navy intercepted more Russian warships. We reviewed the Forces and Veterans venue, the Union Jack Club and the SBT launched OP Wamits (Walk A Mile In Their Shoes), September 2018 In September, the waterboarding scandal was the main story while elsewhere it was announced that the Mercian Regiment were to deploy to Afghanistan to train local security forces. Our main feature was the comedy play ‘Solder On’ which was embarking on a nationwide tour.We also announced that there would be a Remembrance 100 Special. November 2018 The British Press came together in November to highlight the huge suicide figures for the year while the UK saw a spate of vandalism on it’s Remembrance memorials. We reviewed a positive year for our BTCC team and featured the incredible voices and brand new album of the D Day Darlings, December 2018 And so we arrive at the Christmas edition where Russia opens fire on the Crimean Navy and the charges of British Soldiers over the Bloody Sunday killings were delayed yet again. We reviewed the single ‘Saved a Soldier and sent Christmas messages to our troops from the SBT readers. And so ends a very busy year. August 2018 Suicides were the big news in Issue 46 as we were still reeling from Danny Johnson. The Government came under pressure to improve reporting data and reports came in that RAF Scampton was to close. In our articles, we featured the documentary, ‘No More Falling Heroes’ from Dai4Films and we feature Dr David Muss and the Rewind Trauma Therapy. October 2018 A British Veteran was jailed for 8 years in Turkey for fighting ISIS in Syria and two officers were acquitted over the Brecon Beacon deaths in 2013 while on SAS selection. Featured in the mag was the return of ‘A Brave Face’ along with a brand new mask making project for veterans and we began our reports on the 2018 Invictus Games.. Remembrance 100 Special The long awaited Remembrance Special was launched following the UK’s involvement in conflicts over the past 100 years tracking the journey of the poem ‘A Tale of Remembrance. We also bid a sad farewell to SBT writer Albert ‘Robby’ McRobb who passed away in October. Read all of our back issues at www.sandbagtimes.co.uk/magazines www.sandbagtimes.co.uk 23 |

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