For the first two years that my wife and I arranged this event, it made no money, in fact, it made us a loss. However, it brought many of our veterans together for a day of enjoyment and fun and gave me an insight into their lives post Headley Court.
By meeting these veterans and speaking to them, I soon realised how much help they needed in order to get their lives Back On Track in every sense: medically, emotionally and socially.
I learnt that DMRC Headley Court was a fantastic facility, with the best treatment any serving soldier could need. But I also learnt that this was a facility for serving soldiers only, and not for veterans. I felt that there was a gap that needed filling and that private medical treatment should not stop once a soldier becomes a civilian: Particularly because the most recent treatments, technology and healthcare are not available on the NHS.
I offered to treat some of the soldiers that I met at the race event via the Harley Street Skin Clinic that I run with my wife Lesley. It was from here that the Back On Track charity was born.
The medical industry has been generous by offering their services at little or no cost and I am proud to facilitate the treatment of all of our veterans who come through our doors.
When we first started to work with soldiers, we were looking at their physical needs and challenges and we thought we could really help in providing medical treatment and support at home in getting back on track in life.
What we found was that most, if not all, the soldiers coming out after any sort of trauma had huge psychological issues as well. They were suffering from a particular type of PTSD called Combat Disorder, which is not really catered for within the NHS very well. The problem was that once these soldiers got into therapy with the NHS, they found that their therapists were finding it difficult to deal with the depth of the psychological turmoil and stresses that they were talking about.
This got me thinking… so what I have started to do now is to look at the overall situation and to try put in place a system to support the veterans by introducing them to people who have experience with this specific trauma, as well as people who have worked with veterans before, who have worked in war zones, and who themselves may be soldiers already.
It’s early days, but we have been able to put together a small group of workers who can offer support for PTSD.
We are looking for more assistance though, so if anyone knows of anyone who is keen to help get our veterans’ lives back on track, please do get in touch.
Reach out to me and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.