Veteran goes from being at risk of homelessness to having his own flat

Veteran Gary Bowman was at risk of homeless, but with the Legion’s support he’s now got a flat of his own.

Gary served in both the Navy and the RAF, but after he transitioned he moved in with his mother when his marriage broke up.

Unfortunately, Gary’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s after he moved in, so the council started making plans to move her to a new home.

"I was told that I would be made homeless as I was only down as a non-dependent."

This put Gary in danger of becoming homeless as he had nowhere else to live. He called the Legion, who were able to put him in touch with PATH and provide support.

“My mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, so we were looking to downsize her and put her into sheltered accommodation. I was told that I would be made homeless as I was only down as a non-dependent and I couldn’t stay in the property.

Contacting the Legion

“I was depressed, it was always on the back of my mind because I was worrying if my mum got a place and then I’d have to move out and I didn’t have any family that could help out.”

Gary served in both the Navy and the RAF.

Gary’s uncle suggested that he get in touch with the Legion, as they could help. So Gary gave us a call, and we were able to refer him on to Plymouth Access To Housing (PATH). They’re specialists in housing and homelessness in Plymouth, so they were able to ensure that Gary didn’t fall through the cracks in the system.

Gary in his new flat.

“That’s when I got in touch with the Legion, and I’ve not looked back. All in all, it’s been about six months since I got in touch to getting a property, so it’s been quick.

“Now I’ve got complete control. I pay my own rent, I can budget, I can pay my bills, I can see my daughter when I want. Now I can see a future for me. It’s absolutely fantastic.

“Sometimes people don’t know the avenues that they can go down. Everyone needs help at some point, and The Royal British Legion can provide that.”

If you or someone you know is a member of the Armed Forces community and facing issues around housing, call us on 0808 802 8080.