Chris Jones served with the Army Air Corps in 1993 and was discharged in 1998 after a series of injuries led to him developing misaligned knees and hips, as well as problems with his back. Left with mobility issues and later diagnosed with fibromyalgia, he experienced feelings of inadequacy, failure, rage and guilt.
Chris became angry and withdrawn and struggled to cope with his physical and mental injuries on his own. He first heard about H4H through the media, and the Charity started supporting him in 2015.
With Help for Heroes, sport is playing a huge role in Chris’ recovery. He has competed at the 2016 Invictus Games in cycling and rowing, completed the Charity’s Big Battlefield Bike Ride challenge, taken up surfing again and joined the Armed Forces Para-Snowsport’s foundation team.
Chris says: “Help for Heroes has changed my life and that of my family. Representing the British Armed Forces at Invictus 2016 helped me to re-engage positively with the military community, breaking down the years of negative associations I had made. I have received grant funding for a hand-cycle and to adapt my house, giving me a safe and relaxing place to live. My wife and I have also both had psychological support.
“The Charity has stopped me being isolated and helped me to become more comfortable around other people.”
Chris says he wanted to become a Help for Heroes Ambassador for two main reasons: “Firstly, I wanted to use the Ambassador programme to help me to engage more with people. Secondly, if my story helps members of the public and corporate groups to understand a little of what we go through and why we need their support, then I feel that I can give something back to the Charity that has made such a significant difference to my life.”