Soldier battles demons to become motivational speaker

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A FORMER SOLDIER who battled depression, drink and drugs, is on the straight and narrow and hoping to inspire others.

Paul Raper, 30, recently returned to Darlington following active service in war-torn Iraq and Kosovo.

Back home, he found it difficult to adjust to civilian life. He said: “In the Army, I was instilled with aggression. I was trained to kill people and I saw things people should not have to see.

“Then I came home and everything seemed negative, there was doom and gloom everywhere and I struggled with my demons. I started getting into a bit of trouble and even lost my job as a result of my aggression.”

The dad-of-three has now turned his back on his old life and is putting his past to rest by inspiring others to live positively. Influenced by the work of self-help guru Geoff Thompson, he is planning a series of motivational speeches and events.

He said: “I’m not trying to be Jesus. I don’t want to stand on a hill and have people follow me. I just want to do good for the community and teach people how to live a more positive life. It is not about religion, it is about living positively in the moment and not giving in to negativity. If I can change my life, anybody can.”

For more information, visit paulraper.co.uk.

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6:20am Thu 28 Feb 13

Paul Raper says...

A big focus on the fact I was a soldier, it's not about my past life or things I've seen. Jesus the soldiers on the ground now see a lot worse than what I saw!! It's mainly about the fact anyone can improve their life and well being if they try! X
A big focus on the fact I was a soldier, it's not about my past life or things I've seen. Jesus the soldiers on the ground now see a lot worse than what I saw!! It's mainly about the fact anyone can improve their life and well being if they try! X Paul Raper
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8:09am Thu 28 Feb 13

Dummy Half says...

The link at the bottom doesn't work, any suggestions?
The link at the bottom doesn't work, any suggestions? Dummy Half
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10:46pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Paul Raper says...

Dummy Half, go to www.paulraper.co.uk/
wp I'm also on Facebook just type my name I'm the one with the kids! And @p_rapper on Twitter. Hope that helps : )
Dummy Half, go to www.paulraper.co.uk/ wp I'm also on Facebook just type my name I'm the one with the kids! And @p_rapper on Twitter. Hope that helps : ) Paul Raper
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3:30am Sun 3 Mar 13

Craz3yk says...

You lads are the best full support army lads kill them traitors
You lads are the best full support army lads kill them traitors Craz3yk
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