Gary Joined the British Army as an Infantryman in the winter of 2007, he finished his Infantry training top of his platoon and was awarded the honour of Best Recruit being presented with the Baker Rifle.
He joined his battalion in 2008 facing challenging training to prepare him for war.
In the summer of 2009 he deployed to Afghanistan to fight on the front line. There he faced the true horrors of war dealing with injured civilians and colleagues as well as daily fire fights with the enemy until he himself was blown up by two IED's.
Being left blind in his right eye he was given a 'Medical Discharge' from the Armed Forces in 2010. In 2011 he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and battled with drug and drink addictions until conquering them in late 2013.
In 2014 he had his poem PTSD published in the anthology of love, following that in 2015 he produced a video of the poem that reached over 250,000 people on social media. He completed his first book, Bombs For Breakfast in 2016.
He is now a Trustee and Board member of Deptherapy, where he plays a part in rehabilitating Veterans who have suffered life changing physical and mental injuries.
He is also the PADI ‘Ambassadiver’ for the UK and ran the Virgin London Marathon in 2015 for Tickets for Troops .