Tony Kid Yarwood

Biography

I am a Army veteran and served in Northern Ireland during the troubles in the late seventies and eighties, Belize in Central America, the Falklands War with 2 Para and Sierra Leone.
After care of our brave servicemen and women, regular or reserve should be for life after serving their country; especially for those brave men and women who suffered life changing injuries or invisible illnesses such as PTSD. That said there are fantastic organisations that do help veterans including the veterans own unit, and they are very much appreciated for their hard work and compassion.
If the Government can financially support the enemy forces quite substantially when things go wrong then they should fully support their own heroes without a second thought. They can be very callous and the historical issues surrounding certain past incidents are proof of that. They should stop such harassment from organisations who see pound signs as a way of making a living rather than the compassion and support a veteran should have when putting his/her life on the line! Disgraceful but true. Some veterans in the forces today, unfortunately are simply - 'just a number.'
My books are free but a small donation to the Parachute Regiment Charity "Support our Paras" charity number 1131977 would be appreciated.

Smashwords Interview

What is your subject matter expertise
I am a veteran from the Army (Paras) and I concentrate on real life events pertaining to the forces. A great deal of my writing comes from the heart and my experiences whilst serving in the Paras and the Military Corrective Training Centre (the Glass House) in Colchester, Essex, England.
My book Stretcher Bearer briefly covers how the red cross was formed, heroes from past conflicts and my own duties as a stretcher bearer during the Falklands War in 1982 whilst serving with 2 Para.
Another one of my books describes how I cope with PTSD as I suffer from this debilitating illness myself. I will also be working on another controversial issue, after-care of servicemen and women, regular and reserve which should be complete shortly, called just a number.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Manchester. I was not initially interested in writing at all at school infact I wished my school days away as I did not pay a lot of notice with my education. In hindsight I do realise it was a big mistake and only really began educating myself once I joined the Army.
To progress in the Army you have to pass education courses which I did, and if promotion is what your after further education is required. I completed a civilian writers course to become a published writer and have not looked back since. My military experiences influence what I write as I have an abundance of knowledge that I feel the public would like to hear and see. It is also used as a tool to aid with my illness PTSD as I was told by a specialist to write about my experiences as it will help me.
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Where to buy in print


Books

Think Safe
Price: Free! Words: 57,760. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Safety and first aid, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Non-formal education
(5.00)
This unique concept has been developed by an ex-Paratrooper and Covert Surveillance Operative who took his specialised training into the civilian world and applied his knowledge, experience and training to assess the general security risks and life-challenging situations faced by individuals in everyday life to ensure his concept is used to make people Think Safe.
Just a Number
Price: Free! Words: 85,290. Language: American English. Published: August 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
Servicemen and women, regular or reserve that have often placed their lives on the line for this country post World War Two should be able to carry on with their service or retirement without any worries or concerns. I briefly describe; combat, suicides, PTSD and training. I have delicately balanced the good and bad as regards to service life to highlight some personal battles and concerns.
A Students Guide to the Falklands War
Price: Free! Words: 40,440. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Administration / elementary & secondary, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides -- Armed Forces
(5.00)
Although the Falklands War ended in 1982 this guide gives all students a thresh eyes approach pertaining to the long often hostile relationship between Great Britain & Argentine from 1833 when Great Britain reasserted its rule of the islands to present day. It also briefly covers those who took part in the conflict from both sides and has plenty of photos.
PTSD Silent Heartache
Price: Free! Words: 10,110. Language: British English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Mental health
(5.00)
The author of PTSD Silent Heartache suffers with this illness so can empathise with others who suffer in silence. Whilst in the Parachute Regiment initially he transferred to the MCTC Colchester gaining qualifications in stress related issues to help all Tri Service Personnel in detention. This short book will help sufferers,relatives and friends, to have a better understanding of this illness.
The Butchers Bill a 'Stretcher Bearer's Story'
Price: Free! Words: 45,470. Language: British English. Published: May 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
(5.00)
The Butchers Bill a 'stretcher bearers story' begins with the Red Cross and how it took a dedicated enthusiastic Swiss businessman (not a government official or military person) with humanity in his heart to find a solution to help wounded comrades on the battlefield. The author and ex Paratrooper then describes his role as a stretcher bearer during the Falklands War in 1982.

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