He lost the company of his wife and his family due to his erratic and sometimes volatile behaviour and before long he became another ex-soldier living on the streets, feeling like he had lost everything and ultimately resulting in a dependency on alcohol to numb his feelings.
Sean remembers vividly the moment when he said to himself “If I don’t start digging myself out of this hole now, it’s going to be too deep to escape from.” Living on the streets Sean contacted ‘The Beacon’; a homeless shelter located within the Catterick Garrison which provides housing for up to 31 Vulnerable Ex-servicemen and women, and started turning his life around. It was a rocky journey to recovery but it was onwards and upwards. From that day forward Sean was given the help he needed and began to look to the future.
Sean has had to work incredibly hard to overcome his issues, understand his PTSD and how best to manage it and has come through with flying colours. Sean has put everything into his chosen career, working to pass all necessary qualifications, completed his Drug Dog Handlers Course and is trained to handle Passive & Proactive Drugs Dogs, he has a black and white spaniel named Eric and has access to a German Shepherd general purpose dog to increase his availability to work.
With the support of Walking With The Wounded Sean was able to purchase a new van, kit it out and start his new career. Sean is now living in his own home and working as a fully trained Drug Dog Handler covering all sorts of venues, events and festivals and he and Eric have been instrumental in several arrests.
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