"A career in the Armed Forces is much more than a job or vocation, in that it demands that individuals ‘vow’ to serve Queen and country in defence of national interests.
In doing so, personal ambition, family needs and safety become secondary to the greater good and requirements of the Service. Such sacrifice and commitment can only be achieved by the creation of a complex culture or ‘way of life’ that is founded on shared values, rules and tradition glued together by friendship, loyalty, courage, teamwork and leadership. Accepting that nothing about the realities of conflict and war are normal, survival is dependent on pre-empting the unpredictable, accepting the unknown and normalising the abnormal.
It is therefore not surprising that some Service men and women struggle when it is time to transition from military to civilian life. Because of Kayam’s personal experience The OppO Foundation is unprecedented in its understanding and insight of these unique challenges. I am hugely honoured to be a Patron of such a wonderful charity that provides invaluable but practical support and recognition to those that sacrificed ‘the normal’ in preparing to pay the ultimate sacrifice if demanded."