I spent 15 years as a Petty Officer in the Royal Navy and received a Commendation for Bravery award.
I was young and I had never seen a dead body before or even attended a funeral. I remember pulling dead bodies from the sea and the one that I left behind haunted me. After leaving the Navy, I started to wonder whether I had made the right decision, and although I did not know it at the time, I was suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
My road to recovery started; after being referred to the Veteran’s hospital I was introduced to Rachel from The Poppy Factory. We looked for opportunities in areas that interested me and I was keen to experience life in a different way. Now I am in a job that I enjoy and feel like I am giving to society rather than taking.