Why and how was Walking With The Wounded founded?
The tale of courage behind WWTW – A Q&A with Ed Parker, co-founder and CEO of Walking With The Wounded
My nephew was seriously wounded in July 2009, losing both his legs. When I visited him in hospital, and saw the many other young men and women, I felt it was time to do something that reflected their courage and determination. Despite their injuries, they still had the opportunity to live a fulfilling life, and Walking With The Wounded was set up to support that belief.
What changes have you seen in the last couple of years within the support for wounded servicemen and women?
The physical rehabilitation of those injured is second to none and all those involved should be applauded. But the next step, the most important one back into the civilian world, still presents challenges. We have seen this improve in the last two or three years, but there is plenty that still needs doing.
What programmes do you currently have in place to support ex-servicemen and women?
We look at the journey to employment as the pathway we need to support. Our focus is at each end. First, we provide support to those about to get into the work place providing direct funding to pay for training and education. Then at the other end, we are working with those who need the greatest amount of help, whether they are homeless or in police custody.
What do you see as the biggest challenge currently facing the sector?
I think the biggest challenge the whole sector now faces is that of mental injury. While a physical injury is easy to define, a psychological injury is far more complex. Walking With The Wounded is addressing this need by launching Head Start, a mental healthcare pathway which integrates existing services available to veterans and their families, most notably the NHS, and provides access to private therapy as well to ensure quick treatment and greater capacity to enable a larger number of individuals to be given care. We aim to more than double the veteran specific mental health treatment capacity in the UK over the next two years.
Find out more about Walking With The Wounded’s programmes
Latest posts by Silversurfer's Editor (see all)
- Don’t let age be a barrier to your health and well-being - March 15, 2018
- Australian Adventures Await - March 14, 2018
- How to stay flexible as you age - March 14, 2018
- Wake up: how to say goodbye to tiredness and fatigue - March 14, 2018
- What goes on first – the jam or the cream? - March 12, 2018
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!