I served in Iraq and Afghanistan but the horrors of war turned me into an £120 an hour sex worker 0 48

A WAR hero traumatised by the horrors of combat is now working as a £120-an-hour escort.

Grace Parker, 35, served in Iraq and Afghanistan but was medically discharged in 2019 having suffered PTSD and depression.

Grace Parker served in Iraq and Afghanistan but is now a sex worker Grace said: ‘I don’t blame anybody. It’s my own poor choices. But I was bitter towards the Army when I was discharged’

She ended up being sectioned, spent time homeless and now works as a “bi-curious” escort selling sex from her bedsit.

And Grace insists that not enough is being done to help war veterans who fall on hard times due to PTSD and other mental health problems.

She said: “I don’t blame anybody. It’s my own poor choices. But I was bitter towards the Army when I was discharged.

“I felt I was just a number, and all the good I did was forgotten. There are not many women in the Royal Engineers and I’d achieved so much, but it felt like nothing.

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“I nodded along to my discharge because I was on medication. I was depressed.

“I was off sick for a year so there should be something better in place for soldiers during that time, which would perhaps have stopped me being sectioned.”

Grace, of Sheffield, spent 14 years in the Army after being voted best recruit.

She also got a commendation for outstanding work with the Royal Engineers on Operation Shader in Iraq.

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She told The Sun: “My mum was in the RAF, and dad and three brothers in the Army, so it’s no surprise I ended up with a military career.

“I got in trouble and was nearly sent to prison as a teen.”

Trying to get her life back on track, Grace joined up aged 19.

The divorcee said: “I didn’t look back and joined the Royal Engineers as a sapper.”

Grace was named best recruit at Pirbright, Surrey, then spent five years as a signaller in Germany and was promoted to lance-corporal.

In 2009, she spent six months in Afghanistan as a combat engineer, with the camp being attacked regularly by jihadists.

There was then another spell in Germany followed by tours of the Falklands and Canada.

Grace said: “Life was great. I was then posted to Warminster in Wiltshire and was promoted to corporal — a section commander. I was running military exercises on Salisbury Plain.”

In 2015, she joined 22 Engineer regiment. In Iraq, Grace got a joint commander’s commendation for outstanding service.

She went on: “Back home, I was promoted to sergeant but things soon went downhill.”

Grace got stressed and was signed off sick, starting therapy.

Amid nightmares about what she saw in Afghanistan and Iraq, she was diagnosed with PTSD and bipolar.

She added: “The Army did its best but it wasn’t great. I was sent home. I was sectioned in 2019. I was given a full honourable medical discharge.”

Her marriage to a serviceman fell apart and Grace spent time in The Priory.

She got a job in a hotel and studied nursing.

But during Covid, a move to her mum’s in Bristol did not work out and she ended up in a Sheffield hostel.

Grace finally got a council bedsit in February.

She said: “I was struggling and didn’t know what to do.

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“I needed money and escorting was the answer. I was on a dating site when a man asked if I was interested in selling services. I said yes.

“I do it to get by. But I’m trying to look to the future now. I’d like to go to university. I’m saving to go travelling.”

Grace, pictured at the top, serving with the Army Grace said: ‘The Army did its best but it wasn’t great’ Grace added: ‘I was sent home. I was sectioned in 2019. I was given a full honourable medical discharge’ After serving Grace spent time homeless and now works as a ‘bi-curious’ escort selling sex from her bedsit

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My bitter ex told lies to my friends about my ‘small manhood’ after I dumped her 0 40

DEAR DEIDRE: MY ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger.

She never complained when we were together, but last week she told the girls in our group that being with me was “like kissing a soggy lettuce leaf” and that she “literally didn’t feel a thing when we were having sex” because I’m so small.

My ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger

I’m 25 and she’s 24. I think part of it is jealousy.

She knows a couple of the other girls fancy me and I think she’s trying to sabotage any chance I have with them.

Not that I’m even planning anything.

She’s so insecure and has a vicious tongue on her.

I’m tempted to let each of her so-called friends know what she really says about them in private.

Even her best friend gets a nasty critique every time she posts anything on Instagram.

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Her top is either too short, or her hair looks like wire, or her laugh is fake . . . it goes on and on.

I don’t regret splitting up with her but this last trick has really infuriated me.

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You could maybe reply with: “Let’s just say she never complained when we were together and nor have any of my other exes.”

Your friends will soon see her behaviour for what it is – jealous insecurity.

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DEAR DEIDRE: MY partner said he was on a work trip two months ago, but he had actually got married and been on honeymoon.

Our relationship had become a bit predictable, but we still had regular sex and nice days out with our two young sons.

My partner lied about his work trip – he was really on his HONEYMOON

I’m 32 and he’s 37. Our sons are four and two.

When he returned from his “work trip” he blamed me for his cheating, saying I had let myself go and didn’t pay him enough attention.

He then told me he’d “traded up” for a better model. It didn’t stop there.

He said that his wife, who is 27, is absolutely stunning and makes him feel special.

Apparently this woman was a barmaid he’d met on a golf trip and they had been seeing each other for six months.

He told me all this, then marched upstairs and packed his games console and his clothes and drove off out of my life.

The thing is, we always talked about getting married but when we had kids there always seemed something better to spend our money on.

Mutual friends have told me he has moved into a new-build home on the other side of our small town and his wife has plenty of family money.

My sons are really missing him and I don’t even know how I feel.

Sometimes when he comes to visit the boys I beg him to come home.

But other times I’m so angry with him, I refuse to let him in.

Now he is accusing me of stopping him from seeing his children.

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Surely he can’t just show up when he likes?

I’m a mess and need to start getting a grip for the kids’ sake.

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This man sounds selfish and immature, and quite frankly the way he has treated you is emotionally abusive.

It won’t feel like it now, but you really are better off without him.

He is behaving like he still lives in your home, by just turning up unannounced.

Tell him firmly that you would encourage a good relationship between him and your sons but he can only collect them with prior arrangement.

Start to put down your boundaries.

I’m sending you my support pack When Parents Fall Out, which you could pass to him to help explain why you need to co-operate for the future wellbeing of your children.

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