Veteran tells how Scottish War Blinded provided 'lifeline' service after suffering from depression and loneliness

Press Release | 02/05/2018

A visually impaired veteran has told how Scottish War Blinded has provided him with a ‘lifeline’ in the fight against loneliness and isolation.

Monty smiles as he sites outside the Hawkhead CentreWilliam Montgomerie, aged 61 of North Ayrshire, served 35 years in the forces, beginning his career aged just 15 at the Scottish Infantry Depot in the Bridge of Don before moving onto the 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

His service took him to Germany and Cyprus, as well as tours of Northern Island. He finished his service in 1977 and joined the Territorial Army as part of the 23rd Special Air Service Regiment (Reserve).

But he was forced to retire early from service with the Territorial Army, and from his civilian job as a Firefighter at Prestwick International Airport, after suffering a blow to the head by an aircraft door which caused a brain injury, mental health problems, and subsequently a series of heart attacks.

Read William's full story here.