Former soldier talks about serving in Iraq

20 March 2013, 19:44 | Updated: 20 March 2013, 19:51

Craig Lundberg was deployed to Iraq just days after celebrating his 18th birthday.

The Liverpool man joined the army just months before the invasion of the country, and was part of two tours of duty.

Craig, now 27, joined the 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancasters regiment as was posted to Basra just a week after he turned 18 after undertaking training in Harrogate.

It was during his second tour in March 2007 when Craig was caught in a battle with Iraqi insurgents, being hit by two rocket propelled grenades which blinded him instantly.

Craig has been telling Heart about his time in the army, and returning to civilian life.

Craig Lundberg talks to Heart's Andy Downton

Craig became a member of Blind Veterans UK who've helped him not only get used to civilian life after losing his sight, but also how to cope as a father, after he asked for help before his son was born.

Blind Veterans UK has launched its No One Alone campaign to reach out to more people like Craig. It is estimated that there are 68,000 plus blind veterans who could be eligible for the charity’s help but are unaware of it. 

To find out more about Blind Veterans UK’s No One Alone campaign go to: or telephone: 0800 389 7979.