There can be success after the armed forces

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There can be success after the armed forces
11th November 2014

For some military veterans, life after leaving the Armed Forces can be a struggle.  A career in the military is unlike any other and with many servicemen and women returning from operations with life changing injuries, it can be hard to adjust.

This said, there are many positives to a career in the military and the vast majority of veterans go on to find successful civilian careers.  London Live met three veterans who have done just that.

Chris Blackford served in Afghanistan in 2010, he now runs his own business that uses drones to inspect Oil and Gas installations.  Having come up with the idea with a colleague whilst in Afghanistan, he now employs a number of veterans to work at his rapidly expanding business. 

Rachel Webster spent 24 years in the British Army. After starting her career as a private soldier, she rose through the ranks eventually commissioning as an Officer.  She now works in Canary Wharf as a Wealth and Investment Manager for a large Bank.  

Dan Houlden is a former Paratrooper who deployed to Afghanistan in 2010, who now works as a professional handyman.  Trained as a plumber, he says that his military background gives him the edge over his civilian colleagues and has found clients trust him more when they find out he's ex-military. 

He also says that life on the frontline has made him a much calmer person and helps to put the stress of working life into perspective.

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