In 2008 things started to go down hill both personally and professionally. At this point George’s PTSD started to come to the fore but was as yet unrecognised and undiagnosed.
By 2011 the situation had deteriorated and George was diagnosed with severe PTSD and depression. He was unable to work and was living in trench conditions in his home. Due to his GP he started to seek help.
At the end of 2013 George contacted Walking With The Wounded expressing an interest in doing a Mountain Leader course. WWTW put him on to Adventure Quest whose course is based on a wilderness therapy approach for veterans. Following working with George they supported his application for funding to support his chosen career. George is not only passionate about this career path, he has also found it very beneficial with regards to it’s positive effect on his mental health and wellbeing.
He has been active with a mountain rescue team and also specialised with a search and rescue volunteer unit to the standard of Rescue 3 International as an SRT/RRT team leader which he loves and will continue to support as a volunteer.
Once the course George needed had been sourced with the help of Adventure Quest, Help 4 Heroes came on board and agreed to partially fund the course along with the ABF. Attaching this to the assistance Walking With The Wounded had already offered George is well on his way back to work.
George commented: “What Walking With The Wounded have done for me is overwhelming. Thanks to the charity, there is no looking back and I can’t quite believe how lucky I am to experience the things I do through my job. The ongoing support from the team at Walking With The Wounded is amazing, they really have changed my life!”