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Mark joined the Army in 1989, originally enlisting in the Light Infantry, and transferred to the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment in 2003. In 2006 the Regiment amalgamated to become the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.
Mark completed several tours of Northern Ireland, served in Bosnia and completed 2 tours of Iraq. Mark also served in Afghanistan. Mark was medically discharged in June 2014 following ongoing injuries to his knee and both ankles which resulted in a knee replacement and ankle reconstruction.
Since his discharge, Mark has been employed in various warehouse operative roles but found the opportunities to progress were limited. Mark also found it difficult to adjust, having just left the Army after a full career of 25 years.
Due to personal mental health and family issues, Mark struggled to transition to life after leaving the Army and found himself needing accommodation and secured a place at The Beacon in July 2015. The Beacon is a residence that supports former service personnel who find themselves homeless and provides a secure place to live for a maximum of 18 months.
During his time at The Beacon, Mark was supported by one of Walking With The Wounded's Employment Advisor's and was able to have time to consider his future direction. Mark said “My Employment Advisor took me on and provided me with employment support to help me find a new, sustainable career.”
Mark was also regarded as a ‘father figure’ by others in the Beacon and provided a mentoring role to fellow residents.
In January 2016 Mark completed a two week training course in Surveillance which was part-funded by WWTW's First Steps programme. Mark really enjoyed the course and felt it brought a lot of the skills obtained in the Army back to him and he was able to make use of his experience. He is currently networking and sending CV’s out to explore employment opportunities within the surveillance sector.
Mark has had difficulty transitioning from a full career in the Army which has impacted on his own mental health and his family life, however, he believes he now has focus and direction with aims to build on his ambition to become a Surveillance Operator.
Mark said ‘Walking With The Wounded have motivated me and helped me look for a new career."