For 15 years Brian served in the Royal Marines, during which time he served on numerous tours of duty including to Northern Ireland and Cyprus.
Upon retiring from the Marines, Brian returned to live at the family home once again with his wife. However this was not to be the idyllic scenario that he had hoped for. The difficulties he encountered in returning to civilian life made for a testing situation in his marriage. The relationship between Brian and his wife deteriorated to such an extent that after 40 years of marriage, they decided to separate.
This however made Brian face up to the prospect that he may become homeless. With nowhere else to turn, he began living in his van. This was clearly not a sustainable long-term option for a man in his 60’s but Brian’s options were limited.
Support however was soon on offer for Brian. A group of local street pastors became aware of his situation and at this point he was referred to Alabaré. Through our specialist Aged Veterans programme, Brian was able to receive access not only to accommodation but also a variety of different support programmes. We were able to help him address his financial issues and make him aware of the support he was entitled to.
After spending nine months living with Alabaré, Brian was able to get himself in to a position where he felt comfortable enough to move on to his own accommodation once more.
“I am so lucky in the help I received. I cannot thank the staff at Alabaré’s Home for Veterans enough.”