Dan Collins, a British soldier who survived a tour of Afghanistan which killed his two best friends, committed suicide by hanging himself in a quarry near his home in Cardigan, Wales, on 1st January 2012. His girlfriend, Vicky Roach said that he had never come to terms with the guilt of out-living his friends. She told news reporters: "The only comfort I've got now is that Dan is at peace with two of his best friends that died out in Afghanistan."
Lance Sergeant Collins, aged 29, had cheated death fighting the Taliban when his own his life was saved by his body armour. But the Welsh Guardsman could not come to terms with returning home safely without his friends Dane Elson, 22, and Tobie Fasfous, 29.
He was shot in the back by a sniper in May 2009 but survived because of his body armour which took the bullet. He was also caught up in two roadside bombings. He served with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.
NOTE: we have included Lance Sergeant Collins on this website because he had served in Afghanistan and also because he is one of many unreported victims of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).