War hero stars in global TV campaign

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A Tadcaster war veteran took a starring role in a new global film to showcase the work of an emergency response charity deployed to disaster zones.

David Wiseman, a former Infantry Officer with the British Army who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, featured in the History channel feature about Team Rubicon UK on the anniversary of the Nepal earthquake.

The 60-second campaign film was created by A+E Networks USA and UK’s teams as part of a four-year partnership to raise awareness of the veterans’ work.

Managing Director of A+E Networks UK Dean Possenniskie said: “We are immensely proud to be affiliated with this group of selfless, competent, passionate individuals.

“We look forward to helping them to raise awareness, grow their volunteer base, and raise money for their ongoing operations.”

The new campaign will feature volunteers - military and civilian - who will share their first-hand accounts of service with Team Rubicon UK, from the moment they heard about a disaster to their experiences in the disaster zone.

Team Rubicon UK was deployed to David’s home town Tadcaster in response to the devastating damage caused by the Boxing Day floods.

David was shot in the chest during a combat patrol in Afghanistan and has been instrumental in helping other wounded service personnel and veterans through Walking with the Wounded, among others.

And he is soon to head out to Orlando for the Invictus Games after being selected to captain the UK team of wounded personnel for the event from May 8-12.

David, who appeared on the Chris Evans breakfast show on Tuesday with Games patron, Prince Harry, said: “I have a huge emotional attachment to the Invictus Games and could not be prouder to have been selected to Captain the UK Team at Orlando 2016.

“I think the Invictus Games is a shining example of what this community can achieve, a group of individuals from around the world coming together in order to show everyone that beyond injury, they can achieve the extraordinary.”