Soldier blown up by the Taliban in Afghanistan, turns to archaeology

Started by gash, August 04, 2016, 11:14:40 pm

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Royal Marine Richard Bennett, of Taunton, blown up by the Taliban in Afghanistan, turns to archaeology.

AN ancient skeleton helped a Royal Marine get his life back on track after being blown up by a terrorist's roadside bomb.

Richard Bennett was at rock bottom after spinal injuries suffered when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011 saw him medically discharged.

He has since rebuilt his life helping excavate sites of archaeological interest - and has even set up his own company, all with the support of Lottery funding.

"In the military, you don't talk about your feelings," said Richard, of Taunton.

"You have an emotional suit of armour and when you leave this disappears.

"You're vulnerable and start feeling all these emotions that you don't really know how to deal with.

"It was a big shock. I had a career one day, the next day I didn't."

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