Proud Paratrooper's Tattoo Commemorates His Service and Sacrifice
Dean Middleton's tattooed message marks his time serving in the Parachute Regiment and an incident that changed his life forever.
After seven years serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in the 2nd Parachute Regiment, Dean Middleton hit an IED... and his world exploded.
The force of the blast was strong and Dean's injuries were so catastrophic he was unconscious, and lucky to have survived.
“I don’t remember anything from the incident – I have post traumatic amnesia, which means my brain has basically lost the memory of the explosion and what followed," he told Help For Heroes.
After time in various hospitals and a brain rehab unit, Dean was introduced to Help for Heroes, and is now campaigning to share his tattoo to raise money for the charity.
Completed in 2006, his tattoo reads:
“I was that which others did not wish to be. I went where others feared to go, and did what others failed to do. I asked nothing from those who gave nothing and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness should I fail. I have seen the face of terror, felt the stinging cold of fear and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moment’s love. But most of all, I have lived the times others would say were best forgotten. At least someday, I will be able to say that I was proud of what I was and always be... a Paratrooper.”