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He inspires me every days; Sian Morris, 27, went to hear Jaco speak and was captivated by him before they had even met...

It's not often you get to learn so much about someone before you start dating, but that's what it was like with Jaco Van Gass.

I had absolutely no idea who he was when I was invited to watch him do a motivational speech through my work as a PA.

'I lost my left arm in Afghanistan after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade,' he explained.

He also suffered a collapsed lung, punctured internal organs, loss of muscle and tissue from the upper left thigh, multiple shrapnel wounds and a fractured knee, fibula and tibia.

But he didn't dwell on the negatives. There wasn't a moment when I thought 'poor Jaco'. Everything he'd been through had empowered him - I'd never listened to anyone more motivated.

Jaco, now 25, had just come back from the North Pole trek with Martin Hewitt and Prince Harry in aid of Walking With The Wounded.

He was warm and able to laugh, despite everything he had been through.

A few months later, I met him at the event Polo in the Park, held in London.

I saw Jaco as an intelligent, attractive guy - his injuries didn't faze me at all.

We got chatting and I liked him even more. 'I'm doing Everest next,' he told me. And I had no doubt he would succeed.

Jaco and I have been dating almost a year now and absolutely everyone falls for his charms.

He's always open and truthful with me, his friends and family and I think that's helped. He really is an all-action man - my male friends are so jealous of the challenges he gets the opportunity to do.

I now do my bit to raise awareness for the charity and I completely support Jaco in everything he does.

As proud sponsors of Walking With The Wounded, Horlicks are collecting messages of support for the soldiers. Visit horlicks.co. uk to leave your message and keep up to date with their progress via the Horlicks blog.

And for more information on the charity, see walkingwiththewounded. org.uk

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 6, 2012
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