A HUDDERSFIELD soldier who served in Iraq and Afghanistan has talked of his work.
Lance Corporal Damien Eyre was one of several troops who appeared at a Territorial Army “Hearts and Minds” event at Huddersfield Drill Hall.
TA volunteer LCpl Eyre, 38, from Oakes, described life in Afghanistan as “unreal”.
The event aimed to showcase the work of the TA in support of the regular Army in Afghanistan.
Key figures from the community, including clergy, police, firemen, teachers, businessmen and councillors attended.
L-Cpl Eyre served with the force protection unit in Basra, Iraq, between 2004 and 2005 and in Kabul, Afghanistan, from 2008 to February this year.
Of his tours of duty, married father-of-two L-Cpl Eyre said: “It was a good experience.
“It’s something totally different that you’re not used to. It does change your life and your views on life.
“There’s a definite two-tier system in Afghanistan. You turn a corner from shanty town and it’s millionaire houses with their own security and then it’s back to the Life of Brian with open sewers! It’s unreal.
“It’s not too hard to adjust when you return, but finding civilian work is difficult. You don’t feel the same sense of purpose.”