Jarrow soldier shot by the Taliban wins MP’s backing in bid to help veterans

Jack Lamb, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012.
Jack Lamb, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012.

A South Tyneside war hero who was shot by the Taliban is being backed by an MP in his mission to help fellow veterans.

Jack Lamb’s dream is to create a veteran village in the borough to help soldiers retrain and get back on their feet after life in the military.

Jack on duty with 3rd Battalion The Rifles.

Jack on duty with 3rd Battalion The Rifles.

The 22-year-old, from Jarrow, embarked on his mission after starring in BBC’s DIY SOS – Homes for Veterans with Princes William and Harry, which saw a similar project being set up in Manchester.

Jack, who was left with a brain injury and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is now being aided by Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn.

Mr Hepburn said: “I have contacted South Tyneside Council about Jack’s plan and will certainly be doing all I can to assist him.

“It is vitally important that our soldiers are looked after and given all the support they need – they are willing to put their lives on the line for us, so it is the least we can do.

Since starring in the show Jack has created his own Facebook group called ‘Jack Lamb’s battle for veterans’ housing, training and PTSD support’, which already has 4,500 supporters.

He said: “I am so pleased the ball is now rolling and to have Mr Hepburn backing me is amazing.

“With my brain injury I find it quite hard to speak, so if he will be able to convey my points across to the local authority then that’s going to be a massive help.”

Jack, a member of the 3rd Battalion The Rifles 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.

Jack is planning to juggle his campaign work while retraining at the Manchester veterans’ village, where he’ll move next month/

He said: “Just because you have mental health problems and other injuries doesn’t mean you can’t still do things. I want to prove this to people.”

To support Jack’s campaign, people can visit www.facebook.com/Jacklambsbattle.