A SUN Millies war hero terribly injured in Afghanistan is risking his life saving others on the front line in Ukraine.

Craig Monaghan, 32, has spent eight months evacuating terrified residents and the wounded.


The ex-rifleman has rescued up to 800 people under enemy fire and was back in Ukraine this week.

He told The Sun: “I accepted death in 2009 in Afghanistan — I don’t fear it.

“What I do fear is getting to the end and wondering if I could have done more.

“I keep asking myself, ‘If I don’t do it, who will?’ I don’t want people to suffer like I did. 

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“Me and my team want to change lives — and we’re doing that.”

Craig, from Wythenshawe, Gtr Manchester, set up the Spearhead Foundation after struggling with his own mental health and was honoured at The Sun’s Military Awards in 2020.

He received the Overcoming Adversity gong after a series of blasts left him with traumatic brain injury, PTSD and three-quarters of his hearing gone. 

But he rebuilt his life through rugby and went on to compete in Prince Harry’s Invictus Games.

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He headed for Ukraine in March to deliver trauma kits. Craig, who served in 2 Rifles before he was medically discharged in 2013, said: “We delivered 1,300 to units along the front line in Kyiv, Odesa and Lviv.”

He and his team of four offered medical training and were asked if they would do frontline evacuations.

Craig said: “Others were realising how hard it was to function under artillery fire. No one wanted to do it, but I’m well equipped for these scenarios.”

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