Edwin Vermetten hadn’t known his tennis partner, Paul Guest, for long. But when the two took to the court at the Invictus Games, Vermetten was able to tell something was wrong with Guest, a veteran with PTSD. And then, Vermetten stepped in to help calm the former soldier.
For Guest, joining the military was a family tradition. His father served in the United Kingdom’s Royal Artillery, while his mother joined the Women’s Land Army. But Guest’s own naval career concluded unexpectedly after a difficult injury.
In 1987 Guest hurt both his spine and neck while on active duty. The resulting injuries left him partially deaf and visually impaired. The veteran needed help through his daily tasks, including getting dressed and washing himself.