Robert was reluctant to leave the Army on the grounds of medical discharge as he was concerned this would affect his employability. He returned to his home city of Edinburgh where he secured employment within the security industry and, after an 18 month wait, managed to secure accommodation.
Robert’s transition from service to civilian life was problematic. A family member suggested that Robert seek help with his behaviour and on doing so, he was officially diagnosed with PTSD in 2012, five years after his discharge from the Army.
A new job in Glasgow meant a move for Robert and his girlfriend, which resulted in a break in his treatment. Unfortunately Roberts’s relationship with his girlfriend broke down, he lost his job and soon found himself homeless.
Robert decided to return to Edinburgh and in June 2015 Robert was referred to Whitefoord House, an accommodation and support facility for ex-Armed Forces personnel run by the charity Scottish Veterans Residences (SVR).
Since arriving at Whitefoord House Robert has been given a dedicated support programme. “SVR has provided me with a great place for me to stay while I get back on my feet and has connected me with other organisations that are helping me rebuild my confidence and better manage the issues that come with PTSD,” says Robert.
Walking With the Wounded is providing direct support in helping Robert secure sustainable employment, through career planning and creation of his CV. Robert is currently exploring varied career options including becoming a paramedic, a career in IT, Engineering, and the security sector.
Robert commented: “Walking With The Wounded have been amazing connecting me to the world of work again,” he says. “They have helped link me in to a few different career options and have made me feel there is a positive future ahead, an important part of the recovery process.”