Help for Heroes reunites two veterans

Help for Heroes reunites two veterans


Many years may have passed since Help for Heroes staff Mo Usman and Lawrence Mannion first met at Sandhurst but the veterans still enjoy working together today.

Mo is the Centre Manager for the Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire, while Lawrence is the Support Hub Manager.

The pair both began their military careers in the mid-1980s, joining the Royal Pioneer Corps. While life took them in different directions, they remained in touch through the years.

For Mo, working for Help for Heroes is the ideal position following his long military career.

He said: "My greatest enjoyment is the continued realisation that you can do a lot for those who are wounded, injured and long-term sick, including veterans and their families that's perhaps not just conceivable in the general mind. Very close to that is an absolute passion for forming highly functional and professional teams to deliver what is enormously rewarding work."

Mo joined the Army when he was 24-years-old after becoming interested in the military through the Air Cadets and then the 4 Parachute Regiment TA while at University.

His career saw several tours to Northern Ireland and Iraq, as well as postings to Germany, Malaysia and to Georgia.

Mo said he has worked hard to build a strong team at Phoenix House and knew his former colleague Lawrence would be a huge asset to the Centre.

He said: "At Sandhurst, Lawrence and I got on straight away. I think it's great we are working together again. We are different in character but we have values that are very similar in nature."

For Lawrence, working with Mo again is very "rewarding".

"It's funny how life works out," he said. "Phoenix House is very hands-on and it's a vibrant work environment."

Lawrence joined the Army when he was 19-years-old, beginning with the Intelligence Corps as a soldier. In 1986, he applied for his commission and went to Sandhurst for officer training. Lawrence left the Army in 1990 as a lieutenant.

Anyone who served in the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines or Royal Air Force who needs the support of Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick can self-refer by calling 01748 834148.