Prince Harry’s shock after army pal’s suicide

Adecorated British soldier who fought alongside Prince Harry in Afghanistan is believed to have killed himself after complaining to colleagues about the treatment he was receiving for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.Married Warrant Officer Nathan Hunt, 39, was found dead last week after confiding to Royal Engineers colleagues that he was struggling to cope with the effects of battlefield trauma.He also described the care provided to him by the Army as ‘useless’.The father-of-one protected Prince Harry when they belonged to a British Army desert reconnaissance unit.Warrant Officer Hunt’s highly dangerous role was to identify roadside bombs encountered by the elite force as they crossed Helmand Province on secret missions to ambush the Taliban.After the nerve-racking tour in 2008, WO Hunt was awarded a Mention in Dispatches for his courage and professionalism.But the role also took its toll on WO Hunt, who was diagnosed with a combat stress condition caused by his frontline experiences.Last night, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Harry had written a private letter of condolence to WO Hunt’s family.The Prince is committed to improving standards of mental healthcare for troops and last year launched a new £2 million project to help traumatised veterans.But last night WO Hunt’s former colleagues accused the Ministry of Defence of letting him down.One said: ‘Nathan was a cracking bloke who saved a lot of lives in Afghanistan.He fought the demons in his head for years but it seems they won in the end.He said recently at a get-together for veterans that the care he was receiving for his condition was useless and he was thinking of getting out of the Army.‘How many troops are going to die back in UK from the mental scars of fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq before the MoD takes this problem seriously?’ When asked whether WO Hunt –whose most recent Army role was as an instructor – had lodged an official complaint about his treatment, the MoD said it did not comment on individual cases.An Army spokesman added: ‘Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.The circumstances of his death are currently being investigated and it would be inappropriate to comment further.‘We take the mental health of the Armed Forces community extremely seriously and work tirelessly to ensure troops and veterans receive the care they deserve.’ Disturbingly, the number of troops suffering from conditions such as PTSD has nearly doubled in the past ten years.In 2007, just 1.8per cent of regular soldiers were diagnosed with mental health conditions triggered by battlefield experiences.Last year, the figure had jumped to 3.2per cent – around 2,500 troops – yet defence officials have refused to acknowledge the problem is getting worse.Instead, the MoD attributes the rise to ‘the successful effect of campaigns to reduce stigma, resulting in an increase in mental health awareness’.Soldiers diagnosed with mental illnesses are offered psychiatric treatment, drugs and, fo

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