But after years of battling flashbacks from Afghanistan, the former soldier found the strength to turn his life around. He has since taken on a lead role in the Sale Sharks community trust , where he helps troops to re-adjust to life after being discharged. The teenager, who had just left school, hoped that serving his country would give him a good start in life. The army was home. Those were dark times. Thinking there was no alternative to serving in the army, the veteran tried to take his own life. He threw himself into charity work and channels his injury into helping veterans in similar situations.