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Brendan, 60, from Colchester, ex 3 Para & Army Medic

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Served in N.Ireland, Kosovo and the Falklands in a 12 year spell with 3 Para before doing a further 14 years as an Army Medic.

He was diagnosed with PTSD believed to be from his first-hand involvement of treating casualties returning from various conflicts – and was reluctantly medically discharged from the Army two years after suffering a stroke.

Brendan was referred to the NHS Veterans team after his PTSD flared up while being treated in hospital for an infection. They referred him to WWTW to find a job which would help with his mental health.

"Mentally, I was on the floor when I was referred to WWTW. My Employment Advisor picked me up and changed...

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Neil, 44, North Yorkshire, Army Air Corps

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Deployed to Bosnia, Macedonia, Iraq, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan in a 23-year career before medical discharge.

Neil, a WO2 in the Army Air Corps, suffered a training accident in Kenya where he was trapped underwater beneath an upturned raft, nearly drowned, suffered spinal injuries and as a result struggled with PTSD, including an extreme phobia of water. This impacted his family life, his marriage suffered and eventually lead to divorce, “it felt like I had lost it all, my wife and two wonderful children. It was too much to deal with.”

Post discharge he was referred to WWTW’s mental health programme, is now able to cope with his PTSD and has overcome...

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John, 50, Bristol, Irish Guards Regular & Royal Artillery Reservist

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Served 17 years with active service in N.Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo.

Diagnosed with PTSD post discharge after witnessing the atrocities of genocide in Kosovo. At the time his condition was not recognised and he was expected to “man up and get on with the job”.

Struggled being back on ‘civvy street’ - he felt abandoned and isolated, his home life deteriorated and he separated from his wife, was unable to work and for a time was living in his car.

“I was left to my own devices, I felt lost, worthless and contemplating suicide. I was in a very dark place and knew I had to get my finger out and get help.”

John was supported by a WWTW Employment Advisor in...

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Anthony, 61, from Norfolk, Royal Armoured Corps & 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards

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Joined the Army at 16, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, and served 16 years with tours in Germany, Sinai (Egypt), Beirut and five tours in N.Ireland. His mental health declined in the Army but Anthony said, “the last thing I wanted to do was lose my command. I clammed up and didn’t dare talk about it. You keep it to yourself; us men clam up.”

Decades later his wife persuaded him to seek help and he was referred to WWTW by Combat Stress.

“I’d been having flashbacks for the past 26 years but hadn’t spoken to my wife about them. I can talk about what I saw now. I couldn’t talk to people before without breaking down, or shaking....

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Carly, 30, from Guildford, ex 1 RLC 23 Squadron

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Every penny you raise for Walking Home For Christmas will support people like Carly...


Joined the Army but discharged after 15 months with mental health issues.

She suffered a breakdown and struggled to hold down a job.

A Walking With The Wounded Employment Advisor reassured her she was entitled to support despite short service history, arranged mental health therapy, volunteering, work experience and job opportunities.

“My whole has changed after meeting the employment advisor from WWTW. I can now see that I have a bright future thanks to them.” - Carly


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Nick Knowles

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Nick Knowles is supporting Walking Home For Christmas this year!

Walking Home For Christmas is Walking With The Wounded's annual walking challenge to raise funds for those who served.

This is your chance with friends to do something bold, creative and memorable to support ex-servicemen and women who are socially isolated, unemployed, homeless or suffering with mental health issues.

Ditch the car and walk home or somewhere important you, spell out your own 'Strava art' message or hand deliver a present to someone special. By doing a walk and fundraising you can give hope to veterans and their families who have little to look forward to this Christmas and have walked in far more dangerous places for us. #WalkingHomeForChristmas


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Lev Wood

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Lev Wood is supporting Walking Home For Christmas this year!

Walking Home For Christmas is Walking With The Wounded's annual walking challenge to raise funds for those who served.

This is your chance with friends to do something bold, creative and memorable to support ex-servicemen and women who are socially isolated, unemployed, homeless or suffering with mental health issues.

Ditch the car and walk home or somewhere important you, spell out your own 'Strava art' message or hand deliver a present to someone special. By doing a walk and fundraising you can give hope to veterans and their families who have little to look forward to this Christmas and have walked in far more dangerous places for us. #WalkingHomeForChristmas


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Wayne Bridge

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Wayne Bridge is supporting Walking Home For Christmas this year!


Walking Home For Christmas is Walking With The Wounded's annual walking challenge to raise funds for those who served.

This is your chance with friends to do something bold, creative and memorable to support ex-servicemen and women who are socially isolated, unemployed, homeless or suffering with mental health issues.

Ditch the car and walk home or somewhere important you, spell out your own 'Strava art' message or hand deliver a present to someone special. By doing a walk and fundraising you can give hope to veterans and their families who have little to look forward to this Christmas and have walked in far more dangerous places for us. #WalkingHomeForChristmas



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The Grimwade Family

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The Grimwade Family are supporting Walking Home For Christmas this year!

Walking Home For Christmas is Walking With The Wounded's annual walking challenge to raise funds for those who served.

This is your chance with friends to do something bold, creative and memorable to support ex-servicemen and women who are socially isolated, unemployed, homeless or suffering with mental health issues.

Ditch the car and walk home or somewhere important you, spell out your own 'Strava art' message or hand deliver a present to someone special. By doing a walk and fundraising you can give hope to veterans and their families who have little to look forward to this Christmas and have walked in far more dangerous places for us. #WalkingHomeForChristmas...
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