Coldstream veteran helps former soldiers

Vince Davidson and one of his fellow veterans at a rifle range during a rest and recuperation residential visit
Vince Davidson and one of his fellow veterans at a rifle range during a rest and recuperation residential visit

KOSB veteran Vince Davidson has received a £9,720 grant to continue his work helping veterans suffering post traumatic stress disorder.

Vince suffered so badly from PTSD that he became a recluse and virtually lived in the garden shed of his family home for 15 years. It wasn’t until he discovered Facebook and started talking to other war veterans that realised that he was not alone in struggling to deal with what he had experienced, serving in Northern Ireland and the Gulf.

Talking about his experiences to others who understood, transformed his life and over the past year Vince has been running Veterans Helping Veterans South East Scotland.

After going public with his own experience last year more and more veterans are now reaching out to him via Facebook. Many of them visit Vince and his family and over the past year he has arranged for three groups of 12 veterans (aged from their 20s up to 70) to attend residential trips in Dumfries where they go fishing, claypigeon shooting, do archery etc.

Having won the trust of a veteran Vince signposts them to organisations such as Post Traumatic Stress Resolutions where they can get help.

Recognising that Vince can reach veterans in a way official organisations are unable to do, the Scottish Government and Veterans Scotland offered him the grant from the Scottish Veterans Fund to carry on with the trips and friendship he is offering others.