British Prime Minister Theresa May recently hosted a Jackson Simatei a Kenyan British and retired soldier to dinner and discuss how the government can help veterans transition well to civilian life.
Simatei who served in the British Army for nine years retired two years ago and is now an ambassador at Greenwich Hospital, the oldest naval charity established in 1694.
As the ambassador, Simatei who is affiliated with The Poppy Factory, a charity group that helps veterans to transition from the military to civilian life has actively engaging the former soldiers on how to return into normal life.
Speaking at the number 10 during Veterans Day, May lauded Simatei’s efforts and sought to how the government should prioritise to see that the soldierswent into a private life.
“Being such a success, his story is very interesting and will help veterans transition well to civilian life” said May.
Under the The Poppy Factory a charity group, Simatei a resident of Chemunada village in Elgeyo-Marakwet County and who has a master’s degree in International Liaison and Communication from the University of Westminster helps naval sailors, serving or retired and their families.
After a decade in the British navy, Simatei now works as a Project manager at the Transport for London where he advises and assists their clients gain meaningful employment.
“I benefited from their service two years ago and i would like to also help others return to civilian life,” said Simatei.
Apart from his current work at the Simatei is a senior member of Kootab myoot community and has been instrumental in the annual kenya marathoners reception held at Stephenson Harwood law firm, London.
He is also a member of the Kass radio panel that provide educational broadcast to the listeners.
Source: OP-ED (Mwakilishi)