Lyndsey Weller joined the Army as a Private in 2008 at the age of 19. She served as an Army Combat Medical Technician. Her service included a tour of Afghanistan and she was medically discharged in 2012 after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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Lyndsey Weller, 28
After leaving the Army, Lyndsey spotted an advert for a student paramedic position on the NHS Website. Although being a paramedic had been a lifelong dream for Lyndsey, she was unable to afford the £1000+ needed to get an ambulance-driving licence necessary to apply for the role.
She got in touch with SSAFA and was assigned a caseworker from the Wokingham and Bracknell Division, who helped Lyndsey by raising the money for the course. "It was a lot quicker than I thought," explains Lyndsey. "All I had to do was find the course. SSAFA managed everything else and liaised directly to arrange payment."
After obtaining her driving qualification Lyndsey was able to apply for the Student Paramedic Course. Following a series of assessments she was successfully accepted onto a course through the East of England Ambulance Service. Lyndsey successfully completed the course in July 2018 and is now able to officially register as a paramedic.
Talking of the difference SSAFA has made to her life, Lyndsey says: "I wouldn’t be in the position I am in now if it wasn't for SSAFA. There was no way I could have afforded to do the driving course on my own and it has allowed me to train for my dream job."