Martin was proud to join the Army, serving with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.
He was posted to Iraq and as part of a peace-keeping force, he faced life and death situations every day. But when Martin confronted a group of looters, the encounter left one of the Iraqi men dead and Martin facing a charge of manslaughter. He was court-martialed at 19 years old. The case lasted three and a half years and gained high profile media attention. The publicity put incredible strain on Martin and his family and, although he was finally cleared of all charges, the trial took a severe toll on his mental health. His military career was over and his family were falling apart.
Thankfully Walking With The Wounded were able to step in and support Martin and his family through our unique mental health and support care coordination services. Through the therapy and support we were able to provide, Martin sees a brighter future and is able to take life one day at a time and we are there to support him, every step of the way.