I am a former British Infantry Soldier who completed an active tour of duty in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2016, serving alongside US and other NATO troops, fighting for the safety of British and US citizens.
Around 1 year ago in April 2018 I was violently attacked in my home town whilst on leave, by a gang of 4 males, who was attempting to rob me of my wallet and jewellery. I tried to defend myself and protect my wife who was with me when the attack happened. I was stabbed in my back and in my hand, resulting in me been left in a critical condition in hospital for 2 weeks. I have been left with permanent nerve and tendon damage in my thumb and index finger on my right hand. I have had numerous operations to try and fix my injuries and nothing has worked.
This injury from a completely unprovoked attack resulted in me been medically discharged from the British Army as I can no longer perform my duty with my permanent injuries. As the injuries were not the fault of the British Military, they discharged me with no financial help, or compensation, and stopped paying my wages 1 month after I was discharged in August 2018.
I contacted a government organisation called CICA who “claim” to pay compensation to people who have been a victim of a violent crime. However after almost a year of going back and forth with CICA they have been no help what so ever and have not given me any support financially.
So this is the part where I explain why I need the help of you guys…
(And before I go into why I need your help, please just know that I am a very honest, proud hard working man, that would not normally ask for help from anyone, but I have come to realise that every man and woman needs help from someone, with something, at some point in their lives, which is why I am now asking somebody for help, and it has taken a lot of courage for me to post this)
I am married, and me and my wife are expecting our first child in the coming months. When I was discharged from the Army, me and my wife lost our home, which was provided to us by the Military, in an Army marriage quarters. They said because I am no longer serving personnel, me and my wife could no longer live there. We had nowhere to go until my amazing grandmother took us into her home! But my grandmother is retired with very little money herself, and her home is a very small 1 bedroom house which me and my wife would not be able to raise a child in.
Since been discharged from the military, me and my wife have both applied for and looked for jobs all over the country, even willing to leave our home town to find work, but we have had no luck finding a job, as it is very hard to find someone who will employ an injured infantry veteran who has little use of his right hand. Because we have not been able to find jobs, this resulted in me and my wife taking out loans to help my grandmother pay the bills in the house, buy things the baby will need when he/she is born, travelling to unsuccessful interviews, even for food some weeks! Since been discharged from the Army me and my wife have amassed £20,000 worth of debt in loans, credit cards etc. With no income We cannot make the payments on the loans but we needed to get them as we were desperate! Normally I would not take out loans or even own a credit card because I hate debt, but I had no choice, it was for my family.
If people are generous enough to donate and help a former soldier, I would be so grateful! Any amount you donate would be a massive help and would never be forgotten!
I am hoping to raise £25,000 so that me and my wife can pay off our £20,000 debt and have enough money left over to look at renting our own home with most landlords asking us for a big deposit because of our current financial situation.
This website/page is my last resort, I honestly don’t know where else to turn from here. The gang that attacked me have taken away my home, and a job that I dreamed of doing since been a little boy! If this doesn’t work I honestly don’t know what else I am going to do.
The military won’t help, the government won’t help… I’m praying that one of you guys will see this and be kind enough to donate.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story, it has been hard to swallow my pride and ask for help, but it will be worth it if I can get the help I need!