Supporting Our Wounded Into Work

Raising funds to retrain and re-skill our wounded and support them in finding new careers outside the Military. You can help by making a donation or fundraising for the charity.

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Stewart’s Case Study

On 4th July 2009 whilst commanding B Company 2 MERCIAN in Afghanistan, Stewart Hill suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) whilst commanding 160 soldiers on the second day of Operation Panther’s Claw.   One of the soldiers had detonated an IED, killing him instantly and leaving a devastating effect.  Stewart’s last memory of Afghanistan was watching a Chinook helicopter carry away his dead and injured soldiers. The same blast burst both of Stewart’s eardrums and shrapnel punctured into the back of his brain, stopping 1mm  from his brain stem.  Stewart suffered severe bruising on his right frontal lobe from where his brain was pressed into his skull.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as intracranial injury, occurs when an external force traumatically injures the brain.  Brain trauma can occur as a consequence of a focal impact upon the head, by a sudden acceleration or deceleration within the cranium or by a complex combination of both movement and sudden impact.

Stewart has been left with impairments in the area of the brain responsible for ‘executive function’ skills such as organising, planning, problem solving and decision making. He struggles with information processing and has memory difficulties. Stewart feels that he has become the opposite, the antithesis of what he was: from commanding hundreds of soldiers to now having great difficulty managing himself.

A couple of years ago Stewart began painting to help deal with his post injury depression.

Painting provides a release for him, a therapy in which he feels alive and in 2013 Stewart decided it was time to follow this passion properly.  Since then Walking With The Wounded has stepped in to support Stewart, funding a series of art courses for him to facilitate his desire to try to be the best artist he can possibly be. The funding from Walking With The Wounded’s First Steps programme will provide the foundation for his future independence.

It will allow him to support himself financially, to help him to continue to rebuild his life and be proud of his new and independent identity.

Stewart commented: “Whilst the funding Walking With The Wounded has provided me with for my training is amazing, their support is more than financial. They support me in all ways they can to fulfil my dream.”

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