Tony served for 25 years in the Royal Navy. He saw active service in Iraq, Sierra Leone and the Gulf; the experiences of war changed his life dramatically. After returning home from each tour, Tony became more and more depressed and very hard to live with, this had a huge effect his marriage. He became nervous about loud bangs. Tony’s wellbeing continued to deteriorate, spending more and more time inside and finding comfort in alcohol. He did not want to be around anymore, he saw no way out and attempted suicide.
Tony was finding it harder and harder to cope with life. Work realised that he was struggling and asked if he wanted to continue in the service or whether he wanted to leave. Tony decided that he needed to leave the Navy and try to get himself sorted out. He decided that he wanted to live away from all his Navy drinking connections and it was at this point he was referred to Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans.
Tony settled into the project well at first and even started to run in the mornings and cook for the other Veterans at the house. However, Tony began drinking again and started to spend time away from the house. Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans staff were undeterred, so with help and support, Tony managed to maintain his tenancy, apply for his pension and complete a CV. His life was moving forward in a positive way. He agreed to see the local Drug Advisory Service and his GP about addressing his alcohol problem, and finally went on a week’s residential detox.
After 6 months with Alabaré Tony was ready for staff to help him move on and to set up his own home. Tony is now settled in a place of his own where a great network of friends surrounds him. He is working full time and enjoying life.
“Without Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans I don’t think I would be here. They were there for me when I needed help. I can’t thank them enough.”