THE Rambo struggle hero whose mountain house was flattened by forestry officers fumed: “I’m devastated and struggling to grasp why.”


Ex-lance corporal Mike Allen, 37, was identified with PTSD after seeing buddies blown up by bombs in Afghanistan.


Homeless struggle hero Mike Allen sits among the many ruins of his retreat
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His marriage collapsed and he needed to kip on associates’ sofas earlier than constructing his distant cabin — with out forestry permission.


When he returned from a Remembrance Sunday weekend earlier this month he discovered the retreat and his belongings gone.


Mike, who had lived there for 2 years, stated: “The cabin was my house, my sanctuary. It was inflicting no hurt to anybody — and curing me. I wouldn’t be alive at this time with out it.”


On his Afghanistan tour in 2011 Mike spent almost seven months clearing bombs. He stated: “Someday an Afghan policeman subsequent to me stepped on a tool and was blown up. I noticed all of it. We needed to carry his physique. It was horrific. I nonetheless get flashbacks.”


The log cabin in South Wales was the homeless hero’s sanctuary

The vet, who suffers from PTSD, discovered therapeutic by the log hearth within the mountains
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The 37-year-old asks the powers-that-be who bulldozed his sanctuary: ‘Why?’
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Mike was in a “very, very unhealthy method” when he returned.


He left the Royal Welsh in 2014 and two years later his mum died. He added: “By then I’d been identified with PTSD and her passing pushed me too far.


“The mental-health assist accessible for veterans is horrible, and does much more injury than good.


“I wished to go away from society the place I noticed a lot stress.


The previous soldier labored on his lovely rustic hideaway cabin for 2 years

Mike added a treehouse for when children Honey, eight, and Shea, six, visited
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Mike was in a ‘very, very unhealthy method’ when he returned from Afghanistan however ‘discovered a option to repair myself without charge to the taxpayer’
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“I discovered a option to repair myself without charge to the taxpayer. I bought higher to the purpose the place I used to be in a position to begin work once more as a groundsman.


“The cabin began as a shelter however become one thing actually particular. It was therapeutic me. It gave me cowl from the weather, focus, and a way of accomplishment while appreciating the panorama.


“The powers-that-be clearly noticed match or not it’s demolished with out warning. All my instruments, sleeping baggage, garments, meals and creature comforts have been levelled.”


Mike created a fitness center on the spot close to Wattsville, South Wales, and invited fellow veterans for well being and health breaks. He added a flower backyard and treehouse for when children Honey, eight, and Shea, six, visited.


The ex-lance corporal of the Royal Welsh infantry with a tank on a tour of obligation

The cabin was destroyed by Pure Assets Wales, a Welsh Authorities-sponsored physique that changed Forestry Fee Wales in 2013. A spokesman stated: “Our officers just lately discovered an unlawful construction on land we handle close to Wattsville. It was constructed with out our data or permission.


“The encompassing floor had been excavated, environmental options broken and bushes felled.


Mike created a fitness center on the spot close to Wattsville, South Wales, for his fellow veterans

The Welsh Rambo now vows to ‘rebuild the cabin and proceed to assist others’
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“The dimensions of this construct may have been a threat for guests and was not acceptable for the realm.


“We visited 3 times earlier than we took motion and didn’t imagine anybody was residing there.”


Mike is again to sleeping on sofas. However he vowed: “I’ll rebuild the cabin and proceed to assist others.”



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