Hope for Veterans
Hundreds of veterans who are affected by PTSD often find themselves separated from their families and turning to drugs and alcohol as a way to deal with the isolation and trauma that they feel.
This is Andrew's Story
Andrew left the Royal Navy in 1996, returning to his wife and two children and securing work within the buildings trade. Having always been a big drinker in the Royal Navy it became a habit he continued at home. Unfortunately, Andrew had not realised just how different life would be as a civilian. Over time his drinking became unmanageable. He ended up losing his wife, his kids, his job and eventually became homeless.
It had been 14 years since Andrew had last seen his children when he reached out to The Royal British Legion for help. TRBL referred Andrew to Outside the Wire in April 2018 for support with his drinking and emotional health. Since engaging he has been dry, and through regular supports from OTW Andrew also managed to secure accommodation, and has reconnected with his two children. So much so that his son has been staying with him on regular visits and has now decided that he would like to come and live with him on a more permanent basis.
With OTW's help and support, Andrew has finally realised that he is worth something and that there are people out there who love him. Emotionally Andrew had been on a ‘’rollercoaster ride’’ from start to finish, but he has reached the other end, a person with self-belief and pride.
“OTW have been so dynamic in their support for me, which includes talking over issues that are pressing me, teaching me basic life skills including how to think for myself, teaching me to prioritise the problems that I face. OTW has taught me to face my responsibilities and own my actions. In our meetings, I have always been challenged, set tasks and I am proud to say that I have earnt OTW’s respect with mutual hard work and effort. Thank you.”
Every year Outside the Wire works with over 100 veterans, serving personnel and family members across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex
Can you help us bring hope to more veterans like Andrew in 2019?
If you had not been there for me at my time of need, I believe, hand on heart, that my son would be growing up without a dad. I owe my life to Outside the Wire.