Jack's hopes for fellow war heroes

Jack Lamb with his girlfriend Jennifer Bunn.
Jack Lamb with his girlfriend Jennifer Bunn.

A South Tyneside solder who was shot by the Taliban is on a mission to help fellow war vetrans

Afghan hero Jack Lamb, 22, from Jarrow, has recently starred on BBC's DIY SOS - Homes for Veterans with Princes William and Harry.

Jack at work in Afghanistan looking for improvised explosive devices.

Jack at work in Afghanistan looking for improvised explosive devices.

Viewers across the country watched as Jack spoke of his life back on civvy street after being left with a brain injury and suffering from post traumatic stress.

The former St Wilfred's RC College pupil in South Shields, worked with the princes to create a veterans' village in Manchester for British heroes to help retain and re-adjust to life outside of the armed forces.

And now Jack, who will be moving into the village in November, hopes the same can be done in South Tyneside.

He said: "I am hoping to retrain as a building planner or perhaps an electrician, while I am doing this I am going to be campaign for more veteran villages like this to be built in South Tyneside and in other areas.

Jack Lamb, a member of the 3rd Battalion the Rifles

Jack Lamb, a member of the 3rd Battalion the Rifles

"I have already been in contact with Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn, so I am hoping something will come of that.

"Ideally, after I have retrained I will be able to use my skills to help actually create the houses."

Following his dad into the 3rd Battalion The Rifles, Jack was posted to Afghanistan in 2012 with the job of detecting improvised explosive devices.

However, while on duty a bullet from a Taliban sniper went into his arm and entered the back of his left eye.

Some of Jack's injuries after he had been shot by the Taliban in 2012.

Some of Jack's injuries after he had been shot by the Taliban in 2012.

Jack, who has been supported by his girlfriend Jennifer Bunn, 21, from Jarrow, said: "I was a lucky one who came back alive.

"But I can only do certain jobs because I have been left with disabilities.But I am determined to re-train and make people really proud."

Jack has now set up the Facebook group 'Jack Lamb's Battle' which already has more than 1,300 supporters.

He said: "I'm hoping the word will spread and as many people as possible will support my campaign. We need more homes for vetrans."

To support Jack's campaign click here

The second broad casing of Homes for Veterans is on BBC! tonight at 8pm.