Whilst serving with this Squadron, Grant completed tours in Germany and qualified as a Plant Operator Mechanic (POM), Regimental Medical Assistant (RMA), First Aid Instructor and All Arms Boat Operator.
Grant was then posted as a Cpl to 33 Independent Field Squadron based in Northern Ireland in 1991 as a Plant Section Commander and whilst there he qualified as a Range Conducting Officer, completed a Serbo-Croat language course, and was promoted to Sgt.
On promotion Grant was posted to The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers Militia as a Permanent Instructor and then Grant was posted to 36 Engineer Regiment where he was discharged from the Army after 14 Years exemplary service.
After his discharge, Grant obtained employment as a fitter working for British Steel and during this time Grant had problems with depression leading to chronic depression
On contacting VIA and Billy Macleod Grant joined the last week of the Union Flag Walk in 2012 waking from Bristol to Land’s End he then took part on a weekend event walking around the coastline of the Isle of Anglesey.
In 2013 Grant took part on Union Flag Walks 6 & 7 walking from Cape Wrath to John O’Groats then following the east coast of the UK finishing in Dover over 30 days. During this walk Grant was a great help to Billy MacLeod who was running the walk and was asked to form a South Wales and South West England Team for VIA.
Since then Grant has been fully involved in all VIA activities and attended two shows to promote VIA and also a Snowdon Weekend Challenge. Grant is busy developing the South Wales and South West England Team for VIA.
His also heavily involved in the planning of VIA’s World War 1-100 relay walking event which will take place during 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the start of thr First World War.
Grant feels that his experience as a soldier and as a sufferer of depression allows him to relate to service personnel suffering from mental issues. Grant intends to continue working for VIA and hopes to be able to do this full time in the future.