An entrepreneur and former solider who was once down on his luck is offering a free flat for a homeless squaddie.
Chris Wieczorek served with the Armed Forced for 10 years and when he left in 2004, he realised how difficult life can be for a soldier when they return to civvy street.
But now Chris is a successful property developer, who owns Wizz Properties based in Falkirk, and wants to give something back. He is offering a flat in Falkirk town centre for free for six months to help a homeless soldier get back on their feet.
Chris (43) from Bo’ness said: “I had a tough upbringing and went from home to home to home and eventually joined the army.
“After ten years I left and was lucky to find a good job in security in the Middle East which allowed me to start buying up properties to let and build up a property development business.
“I know I was lucky though and many soldiers leave the army without a support network, job or accommodation to return to.”
Chris, who owns accommodation throughout central Scotland, decided to offer up the flat for a former squaddie and posted on Facebook looking for a tenant. Within hours his post had been shared thousands of times and local businesses and former soldiers were getting in touch offering their services.
Chris added: “Our government doesn’t do enough for soldiers when they leave. They serve their country then are just left to get on with things.
“Things like mental health difficulties, homelessness and post traumatic stress disorder are far more common in soldiers than the general public and they need better support when they leave.”
Chris is now working with charity Soldiers Off The Streets to find a needy former serviceman or woman to help.
He hopes by having a secured, free tenancy, the soldier can get their life back on the right track and take new opportunities in life.