My name is Corporal Jim XXXXXX, formerly of Her Majesty's Armed Forces. I wanted to write this to explain to everyone, the vital role that Running Deer has played in my life and my recovery process these past few months. While serving in the desert I sustained a spinal injury which led to me being last course medically discharged from the forces. The traumatic event and my subsequent discharge from service had a catastrophic effect on my life and the life of my family.
Our Courses for Forces Rural Skills Project programme, funded by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant supported transitioning and ex-service armed forces personnel in a free 8 week course learning the basic skills in Green Woodworking, Rural Skills and Therapeutic Horticulture; plus Health and Safety and tool use and maintenance.
Support Courses for Forces - our project working with and supporting transitioning and former service personnel is currently funded until April 2015. So far we have seen the majority of our students go on to find work in civvy street. We have also created employment for two of our students who, having completed our mentoring programme, have gone on to support young people who are disengaged and at risk of exclusion.
I am a former soldier and in 2012 I was discharged from my previous job on medical grounds. The initial diagnosis for my medical condition was depression and anxiety. Following a lot of medication and sessions of counselling I was reassessed and diagnosed as suffering from PTSD.