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Danny’s Story

Making the Transition

I first met Danny a couple of months back while we were on a course together and after the first day I knew there was something special about him but I also knew there were some demons Inside him too.

Danny career in security started back in 2009 when he joined the army.

Danny like a lot of lads his age craved adventure and he found this adventure back in 2009 when he joined the Army, initially enlisting in The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Dannys career not only saw him going on NATO exercises to Canada, Poland and Kenya but also saw on the front line attached to the Scotts Guards for their tour to Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

in 2013 Danny attended a junior NCO cadre with his regiment and upon successful completion was promoted to Lance Corporal,Dannys career was on track however like a lot of men and women who have served on the front line in places like Iraq and Afghanistan Danny began to lose focus and decided to leave the armed forces.

For the next eighteen months Dannys flame for adventure was gone.

Now the first thing I noticed about Danny when I met him was his tattoos, Like me and a lot of other members of the armed forces he was covered in them but it was the ones on his hands more specifically his knuckles that made me think I had to do something to get him back on track.

For the entire course I made it my goal to help get Dannys focus back on track, we ate lunch together most days and over the week we were together he slowly started to let me in, he didn’t tell me everything that was troubling him but he did tell me what he wanted.

Everyone who has served in the armed forces has a role to play and its when you leave the forces that you lose your importance you feel worthless and you start to view the world in a different way which I have felt myself on a few occasions.

It was less than a week before I phoned Dannys and asked to see him again.

After we completed the course we all went our separate ways back to our own lives and our own families but there was something inside me that kept nagging away at me.

Now when I joined Close Protection Security the first thing I did was sign ups up to the Armed Forces Covenant, now for those who don’t know what the Armed Forces Covenant is it’s a pledge to those like Danny and myself who have proudly protected our nation, doing so with honour, courage, and commitment.

The covenant focusses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.

This support is provided in a number of areas including education and family well-being having a home starting a new career access to health care financial assistance and discounted services.

It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives and it was this reason that i picked the phone up and called Danny up and asked him to meet me.

I sat down with Danny and told him there was an opportunity to join our company and that I wanted him to consider it, I told him that all I wanted to see was the spark back in him and it was clear for anyone to see.

The flame of adventure is back in Danny‘s eyes and is clear for everyone to see.

Danny is now back on track the taste for adventure is certainly back as well, now I don’t regard Danny or anyone else in our company as an employee we are all equal we just have different roles and responsibilities but my relationship with Danny and our other service leavers is slightly different

Danny is my brother, yes we have different parents we come from very different places but we have one thing in common when times are hard we will be there to support each other up and soldier on.

If like Danny you are looking for a new adventure firstly you need to sign up to our mailing list this will keep you up to date with everything that’s happening and then depending on your circumstances either send us your CV or ask us how we can help you make the transition.

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