I first met Billy McLeod at a drop in session with Combat Stress at Tedworth House, several years ago. Billy is a very kind, considerate and knowledgeable man with a wealth of experience of the military and an understanding of hidden and physical wounds that a serviceman and woman are trying to cope with.
He gave me impression that it’s not all bad, and where there’s a will there is a way, to adjust to life, ‘if you wanted to do it, why didn’t you? A ‘quote’ from Billy that will stay with me for some considerable time.
Billy gave me a new lease of life and with the help of the Poppy Factory, I was given a one year’s contract with Veterans In Action (VIA). This would enable me to get my personal issues, PTSD, anxiety, depression, attend courses and attending Combat Stress and most importantly getting to know me again!
The yellow brick road was beginning to finally open up at last. I’ve had a few kicks from Billy and his team, especially when I found on some days I was on a meltdown, thank you my friend for helping me, rediscover me.
Billy’s door is always open for a chat, whether it’s for concerns or general banter, Veterans In Action is a charity that will grow and grow beyond doubt, he fully deserves this and also he needs to be recognised for all his hard work.
If it wasn’t for Billy Macleod I most probably wouldn’t be here today, I was staring into the dark side and life wasn’t worth living.
I still have some way to go, I’m in a better place now.
I cannot thank you enough and your team, Duncan, Grant, Mo and Teresa and Billy (Jnr).
Sports Therapist and Equine Body Worker.