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From the forces to the courtroom: Kate’s story

When Kate Moth was medically discharged from the Army in 2016, she began doubting her sense of self and had no idea what she was supposed to do next.

Fast forward a few years and Kate is now studying Law through The Open University’s Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund. As someone who always wants to help others, Kate hopes to pursue a career in the legal sector where she can continue to support the serving and military community.

Kate’s story so far

“I had built up my identity around the idea of being someone who helps others, not the person who needs help themselves. So when I medically discharged from the Army in 2016 I had no idea what I was supposed to do next. For the sake of my own mental health, my previous careers as a police officer and a registered nurse were no longer an option for me and I was left questioning my very sense of self.

Two military personnel

I came across the advertisement for the OU Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund

I had no idea what I was supposed to do next. When I stepped into the job market there were a couple of false starts and I clutched at more than a few straws – HR? Teaching? Candlestick making? However, in late 2017 I finally found a role within a local junior school as a teaching assistant, working with special education needs pupils, the hours of which allow me to work around my family and study commitments. Although I have settled into the working environment and find it rewarding, my ultimate goal is to work towards a role in the legal sector, where I can provide help to both the serving and veteran military community.

Focusing on the future

I came across the advertisement for the OU Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund on the Help for Heroes website and was overjoyed to be selected for a scholarship.  I commenced study on a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) in October 2019 and the experience has so far been overwhelmingly positive, with comprehensive student support throughout. The careers service has also been extremely helpful, providing guidance on both courses and career paths.

The recovery process is neither straightforward nor easy and I am very aware that there are veterans out there who have suffered life-altering and far more complex physical and mental injury than my own. Everyone’s journey is different, but one thing that seems clear to me, speaking both as a former health professional and a recovering veteran, is that focus on a positive goal can be very beneficial.

I would urge anyone considering applying for a scholarship to go for it. The OU will not be the answer to everything, but it just might be a part of the answer.”

Military officer with dogs

“The recovery process is neither straightforward nor easy”

Help change the lives of more people like Kate

From noon 3rd to 10th December, we’re taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge to raise funds so that more disabled veterans like Kate can study for free. During this week, any gift you give will be doubled at no extra cost to you. So your support will have twice the impact.

To lend your support, please visit the Big Give Christmas Challenge and help change more lives.


About our guest author

Carly Sumner is a Digital Content Officer in the Development Office at The Open University. She loves telling stories and has spent the past 10 years writing about everything from nappy bags to balance transfers. She holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Media Studies from Coventry University. When she’s not writing, Carly enjoys reading, sharing good food with great people, and all things colourful.



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