Paul Warren is a devoted husband and loving daddy to two young children. Paul is also an ex-soldier who has fought hard both on and off the battlefield.
Like so many young soldiers who have come home after a deployment to the Middle East, Paul didn’t return the same person he was when he first flew out to fulfil his duty.
Paul served in the Australia Army as an Infantry Soldier for 6 years and during the year of 2009 he was deployed to Afghanistan. Just two months into his deployment, Paul was injured in an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) attack which resulted in the loss of his right leg. His friend was killed.
Returning home to deal with the physical injuries, he was soon suffering from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Paul found himself fighting a new war.
PTSD affects a large number of our returning soldiers and the toll it takes on the lives of sufferers and their families can be devastating. Depression, anger, substance abuse, insomnia and withdrawal from society are all common symptoms of PTSD and unfortunately, if left untreated, it can become debilitating and has led to suicide.
However, Paul Warren is “The Fighter” and has come out swinging.
With the support of his wife, Dee, who calls her husband “pretty amazing”, and their two beautiful children Jax and Kiahni, Paul is now using his experience to help others in similar situations. Since leaving the army, Paul has become a Liaison Officer for Mates4Mates, an organisation that helps support and provide rehabilitation programs for current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who are wounded, injured or ill.
As well as his ongoing work with Mates4Mates, Paul has written about his journey with injury and PTSD in his new book “The Fighter”. Released on August 26th this year, the book is an inspirational and powerful story about how Paul survived both the war in Afghanistan and his own personal war.
Signed copies of “The Fighter” can be purchased directly from the author by firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively the book can be found at Dymocks and QBD or in the book section of Big W.
If you are experiencing any mental health issues such as PTSD, please reach out and ask for help.
Lifeline – 131 114
Mates4Mates – 1300 4 62837 or email@example.com