I was a member of the Parachute Regiment in 2008 on deployment in Afghanistan when I was shot and badly wounded. Aged 20, my military career was over and for many years after that I was lost. Invisible Wounds helped me when I was at an all-time low, and in so many ways, not least by giving me my confidence back and offering me an opportunity to play a key role in the development of the organisation. I am now fully engaged with the Events Programme and enjoying life once again. I'm looking forward to working with more veterans at our forthcoming events throughout the next 12 months.
I served for thirteen years in an infantry battalion with the Yorkshire Regiment, with Active Service Tours in Kosovo, Iraq, and Northern Ireland. In 2009 I was injured in Afghanistan by stepping on an IED and suffered significant injuries. Needless to say I have struggled since that date not only with my physical injuries but with adjustment to civilian life but also the loss of purpose. I wanted to be a career soldier and serve my 22 year term. Sadly this was not possible due to the extent of my injuries. In 2016 I met the management team at both Step Forward Homes and their foundation Invisible Wounds. I can honestly say that working with them is as close to the comradeship I felt during my military career. My sense of purpose is returning and I am now proud to be an ambassador for them. I am looking forward to working closely with them and helping other military veterans.
Andy ReidFormer Corporal
I arrived at Invisible Wounds after being homeless when my marriage broke down. I suffer from post traumatic stress disorder attributed to military service in combat so have some anxiety and anger issues. On arrival I was warmly welcomed by the staff who are genuinely caring people who have helped me immensely during my stay. Leon House is fantastic with everything residents need from catering facilities to support not only physical but emotional. I have enjoyed my stay as it gave me time to get my life back on track as I have gone on to my own flat now with opportunities for further education in my chosen career. Many thanks to Sean and Elvis for your support, regards Simon.
Simon Graham9 Years 5131 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron
I served in Armed Forces for 8 years and when I left I struggled to find work. With no family in the UK, I didn’t have a place to stay and couldn’t rent anywhere without proof of employment. Invisible Wounds was recommended to me as they help service leavers struggling to adjust. They offered me a wealth of advice and support, provided me with a place to live and assisted with my CV and interview techniques. The facilities at Leon House are very good, and there are always friendly staff I can talk to. They have helped me through some really tough situations and have helped me to build my confidence. I am just awaiting the outcome of my latest interview and I am confident I will be starting a new job soon. I can’t thank Invisible Wounds enough for everything they have done to help me get back on my feet. I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't had their support.