A fourth-generation soldier, Bernie joined the Army as an Officer in 2000. He served all over the world for 12 years including tours of duty in Northern Ireland and Iraq.
Always committed to his Riflemen and with physical courage and a dark sense of humour — particularly in the face of adversity — Bernie loved the military lifestyle.
Driven by a naturally competitive spirit and love of the outdoors, it was while representing the Army in a winter training race as the captain of his Regimental skeleton-bob team that Bernie was injured. He was nearing the final corners of the race when his right leg cleared the side of the run and hit a wooden post at over 80mph. Despite finishing the race as the winner, Bernie had lost his foot which, as a front-line soldier, ended his military career.
Help for Heroes helped Bernie from the beginning of his recovery. He says: “Help for Heroes has been there for me from the start and throughout. Not just personally, supporting recovery activities and adaptations to my new home but also in a more general way. Without the national support and awareness that they have created, I feel sure that I and every other injured soldier would be much worse off — both financially and in terms of ongoing care and support for a happy and worthwhile future.”