Chris Emptage served 23 years in the Army, building a career as a member of the military police. Chris’ career took him around the world and he served tours in Bosnia and Iraq.
In 1996, Chris served as part of a team that discovered and then documented a mass grave in the Drvar Valley in Bosnia. It’s an experience that left a painful invisible injury and now a Veteran, Chris has been diagnosed with PTSD;
“The memory of sifting through the remains will always stay with me; it’s an image I replayed over and over again. I just couldn’t deal with those horrific memories and I felt completely frozen with fear all the time. My battle against PTSD came to a head when I attempted suicide by taking an overdose and was voluntarily sectioned.”
During his recovery Chris was invited to join a mentoring course sponsored and funded by Help for Heroes. The course has led to a permanent position as a Team Leader with The Prince’s Trust working to support and mentor vulnerable young people. The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a 12-week development course for disadvantaged young people, helping them to push themselves, gain confidence, and ultimately move into work. For Chris, the job has been a lifeline;
“I’ve always felt a sense of duty to others so I jumped at the chance for a fresh start working with vulnerable young people in need of support. It’s really helped me towards overcoming my past.
"I feel really privileged to be able to invest in young lives that have faced such huge difficulties. I nurture, coach and challenge these young people who’ve almost given up. I show them that they have worth. I’d recommend working as a Prince’s Trust Team Leader to anyone with a military background – it’s one of the most rewarding things you can do after leaving the Army.”
To find out how to get involved, call The Prince’s Trust Team on 07940 725 500.
To read more about the financial support Help for Heroes provides to The Prince’s Trust, read here.