Tony Yarwood

Biography

My name is Tony Yarwood and I am a Army veteran and write about veterans and the military in general. I 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.
I don't hold back when when writing on issues surrounding the Military, MoD or Government when it comes to the present care and after care of our brave servicemen and women, regular or reserve. They deserve to be looked after not just when they are serving, but more importantly when they break service from the institution that they so often put their lives on the line for. Although there are fantastic organisations available to help veterans after service they should be supported more pro actively by the Government instead of having to rely on donations. Veterans ex units are very pro active in supporting former comrades utilising their Welfare Officers very well. Money should be no excuse and the truth should always be instantly forthcoming to those parents and relatives who lose sons, daughters, husbands, wives, and friends on the battlefield or whilst training or on active service. If the Government can financially support the enemy forces quite substantially when things go wrong they should fully support their own heroes without a second thought. They should admit to mistakes and not deliberately delay matters or enquiries to the extent where the individual concerned or his/her family are too ill to carry on the fight. Disgraceful but true. The MoD and Government can be very callous and the hardest nuts to crack when supporting their own brave men and women veterans when they need help, yet some often abuse their expenses to an incomprehensible level that deserves custodial sentences. Some veterans in the forces today, unfortunately are simply - 'just a number' in the Governments eyes.

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

A Students Guide to the Falklands War of 1982 including a Personal Reflection by the Author
Price: $0.99 USD. 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 over 32-years ago this guide gives readers a thresh eyes approach of the past and present Falklands history by someone who took part in the war of 1982. How it changed from going down hill economically to a flourishing island whose economy has improved vastly with tourism and cruise ships visiting, and the possibility of oil. A great educational tool for students.
PTSD Silent Heartache
Price: $0.99 USD. 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.
Stretcher Bearer
Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 43,560. Language: British English. Published: May 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
(5.00)
Stretcher Bearer details how the Red Cross was formed and why. It highlights heroes from past and present conflicts who helped wounded comrades on the battlefield. The author then describes his role as a stretcher bearer during the Falklands War in 1982 during the battles for Darwin Hill & Goose Green.

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