Nathan's Story

Nathan joined the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment in September 2006. During his time in the Army Nathan was deployed to Afghanistan twice (Op Herrick 08, and Op Herrick 13).

In August 2015 he was medically discharged from the Army due to an injury to his right leg sustained whilst attending a training course. Nathan attended DMRC Headley Court for Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

He was discharged from the Army in August 2015 and found it tough adapting to the reality of being out of the army. Nathan agrees with everyone who had told him how difficult it would be to adjust.

In late 2014 and whilst still serving in the Army, Nathan attended the RBLI Lifeworks course. This course is designed to provide ex-service personnel with the tools to help them secure employment following discharge. Nathan found this very helpful and he was assisted him in developing his CV and helping him to recognise his transferable skills. This was organised by the Parachute Regiment Welfare team.

As part of his resettlement, Nathan attended courses at his PRC (Personnel Recovery Centre) and completed his Health & Safety at Work, Fire Safety at Work and his Manual Handling at Work courses. All of which last for 3 years. He also attended a Barclays AFTER course which helped him with his CV and interview techniques.

Unfortunately, the Parachute Regiment were unable to provide full funding for his electricians course, and with the start date of the course being 10 days away, Nathan found himself under a considerable amount of stress and pressure. Nathan said he was in a “proper dilemma”. An application to the Walking With The Wounded, First Steps Programme helped fund the shortfall.

Nathan is extremely grateful for the support he has received from Walking With The Wounded.

Nathan completed his electrical course in February 2016 passing his exams with distinctions.

Nathan said “Walking With The Wounded have been spot on in their support”.

Nathan took part in the DIY SOS Big Build in Manchester in 2015 which was a great experience and he really enjoyed himself. Nathan got the opportunity to see his training in a ‘real life’ situation instead of just in a training environment. He can now see things better and see how everything all links together – he can picture things much easier now he has seen things in practice.

During the build Nathan was involved in various electrical tasks including installing ring circuits, lighting, running cables through ceiling joists and wiring circuits into consumer units via main circuit boards. He also assisted other trades (bricklayers/carpenters/plasters) within the house-builds at times when the electricians could not progress.

Nathan commented: “I have really enjoyed being part of the DIY SOS Big Build. It has been great to have input in helping someone worse off than myself.”