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Mark joined the Army in 1989 and served in Northern Ireland,
Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan with the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. However, following
ongoing injuries to his knee and both ankles which resulted in a knee replacement
and ankle reconstruction, Mark was medically discharged in 2014.
Having had a fulfilling 25-year career with the Army, Mark found it difficult to adjust to ‘civvy’ life; he struggled to maintain relationships with his family and also began to suffer with his mental health.
In July 2015 he secured a place at The Beacon – a supported residence for homeless veterans located on the Catterick Garrison. Whilst there, Mark was provided support by one of Walking With The Wounded’s Employment Advisors who helped him to consider his future aspirations.
“My Employment Advisor took me on and provided me with employment support to help me find a new, sustainable career.” - Mark
In January 2016 Mark completed a 2-week Surveillance training course which was part-funded by Walking With The Wounded. He felt it brought a lot of the skills he obtained in the Army back to him which helped to boost his confidence.
Currently Mark is networking to explore employment opportunities within the surveillance sector. He has a renewed sense of direction and focus and is determined to build on his ambition to become a Surveillance Operator.