Sir Patrick Stewart and Combat Stress crossed paths in 2012 when our then trustee, Robert Bieber MBE, helped Sir Patrick to understand his father's wartime experience for the BBC's 'Who Do You Think You Are?'.
It was a moving programme that highlighted the massive impact that living with psychological injuries can have on a Veterans' entire family. Sir Patrick's father served with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and Parachute Regiment during the Second World War.
Robert Bieber MBE, helped the BBC and Sir Patrick by giving a glimpse into Combat Stress's past and the historical treatment of Veterans who suffered from psychological injuries.
Since then, Sir Patrick has supported Combat Stress by attending the ICAP Charity Day 2012 cheque presentation at 10 Downing Street and offering this encouragement to Veterans who may need Combat Stress's dedicated support.
Sir Patrick Stewart said:
"My father suffered in silence with the psychological wounds he sustained in the Second World War. Through meeting Combat Stress I understand how the trauma affected my father on a daily basis and why it is important for Veterans to seek help.
"Combat Stress helps thousands of Veterans to rebuild their lives by giving them access to specialist treatment, support and advice. Call the Combat Stress 24-hour Helpline on 0800 138 1619."