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Nov 01, 2018 by Shehera Vega Sánchez

Dutch Veteran Helps British Teammate In Overcoming His PTTS

Edwin Vermetten, a Dutch veteran, extraordinarily helped his Brittish teammate at the Invictus Games in Australia when his teammate suddenly got into a state of shock. By singing the famous theme song of Frozen 'Let It Go,' he calmed down his buddy and made headlines all over the world.

The Invictus Games is a multi-sport event created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing. Edwin Vermetten is one of those veterans that competed at the Invictus Games that took place last week.

Edwin is a Dutch veteran who served in Bosnia. An incident during his duty shattered both of his legs an fractured his skull in nine places. Sport played a crucial role in the recovery of Edwin, so it was no surprise he competed in the Invictus Games.

"I tried to get him back on earth"

State of shock
Edwins Dutch teammate couldn't make it to the Invictus Games, so he got assigned a new tennis buddy: Paul Guest. During one of the games, however, a helicopter flew over, causing Paul to get into a state of shock. "We were busy playing the game, and suddenly his tics started coming up," Edwin said in an interview with the Dutch talk show, DWDD. "I noticed it immediately and tried to get him back on earth."

"'Let it go,' I said. So I kept repeating this. On a certain point, I even started singing the words." By singing the famous song, Edwin managed to get through to his teammate. "Paul got out of his state, picked up his racket and together we finished the game. I wanted to help him and handled instinctively," Edwin explained.

"Edwin demonstrated the true spirit of the Invictus games"

Flashbacks
Paul suffers from PTTS and gets lots of flashbacks. These flashbacks appear when he hears loud fireworks or other loud noises. Paul: "One of those sounds is that of a helicopter, luckily Edwin got me through the situation."

The Dutch veteran got awarded with the Above and Beyond Award, the price for comradeship, by Prince Harry. A beautiful moment. "Edwin believes that sport plays a crucial part in his recovery," they said during the ceremony. "His biggest strength, however, is helping other competitors with their rehabilitation. He demonstrated the true spirit of the Invictus Games!"



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