Corporal joins forces with law firm to encourage soldiers to seek help after injury
Corporal Andy Reid has joined forces with a national law firm to encourage soldiers to seek help following injury, aiming to end the ‘man up’ culture that continues to dominate, and raising awareness around advice, support and securing financial payments.
Andy lost both legs and his right arm after stepping on an IED while serving with the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan in 2009. He astounded people with his recovery, spending just two weeks in hospital before returning home.
His new role as Ambassador to JMW Solicitors complements other partnerships with Step Forward Homes, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Morson International – part of his continued commitment to supporting Armed Forces personnel.
Says Andy, ‘I’m very passionate about helping injured men and women to get what they deserve from the MoD – people are missing out all over the place, particularly when it comes to financial support and compensation. The Armed Forces is obviously a tough environment, and rightly so, but that shouldn’t prevent soldiers from accessing the help that they need following injury – people need to know about time limits and other stipulations; there is too much smoke and mirrors.’
He continues: ‘I’m looking forward to working with the team at JMW to raise awareness about the help and support that Services personnel are entitled to, and prevent people walking away with less than they deserve.’
Serving in the British Armed Forces was a childhood dream for Andy, who continues to reflect positively on his time in uniform and the fantastic opportunities and experiences it allowed him to experience. A testament to his attitude in overcoming adversity, he doesn’t let the severity of his injuries stop him from living his life with a positive mind-set.
Clare Stevens, partner and head of JMW’s Armed Forces team, says: ‘We’re delighted that Andy has agreed to become our ambassador as we look to support more Armed Forces personnel to secure the help, advice and financial support they need following injury. Andy is hugely inspirational and I’ve no doubt that together we’ll be able to help many more people.’
JMW Solicitors has also signed the Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating its continued support for the Armed Forces community.
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