Inspirational Lanarkshire War Veteran ‘Honored’ to Receive MBE


A disabled veteran and activist for disability in sport said it was “an honor” to receive an MBE.

David Dent of Law Village is on the New Year’s Honors list for service to veterans, students and people with disabilities in Scotland.

After leaving the military in 2000 due to injury, David has spent his life ensuring that people with disabilities are not left behind and can be included in sport.

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He is also a lawyer, ambassador and spokesperson for Help For Heroes and has previously been invited to the Scottish Parliament to speak with MSPs to represent the interests of his fellow veterans.

In addition to this, David is an Honorary Professor at the University of Stirling where he lectures and masterclasses in management and lectures on diversity and inclusion.

He is also Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Nottingham.

David pictured on a tour of Bosnia in the 1990s

Speaking to Lanarkshire Live about his award, the 55-year-old said: ‘I spent time in the military in the 1990s before leaving in April 2000 with a combat injury .

“I was on tour in Bosnia with the UN and also spent time in Northern Ireland. I majored in intensive care and military trauma, so I was on the battlefield to help those in need.

“In April 2000, I had to leave because I was injured in an explosion. I have shrapnel on my back and now use a wheelchair.

“Since leaving the military, I have campaigned and advocated for more support for disabled veterans. There is a lack of support within the NHS for things like PTSD and I think this needs to be looked at further. “

David is the very first athlete to officially compete and win a world record at the Highland Games

David has also participated in sports competitions around the world and has helped make sport more accessible for people with disabilities.

He has competed in the Warrior Games in the US, UK and the Israel Veterans Games in Tel Aviv and also helped pave the way for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Highland Games.

David said: “I have competed in various sports around the world and as such have had a lot of great opportunities.

“I won a bronze medal in 2015 at the Warrior Games with the British Armed Forces team and I was also the guest of the President of the US Senate.

“In 2019, I was also a member of the UK team at the UK Games in Israel and the Veterans Mental Health Conference.

“I am also a member of a team called the Wounded Warriors which helped pave the way for inclusion in the Highland games and in 2021 I was the first seated athlete to officially compete and achieve a world record. world in the history of the RSHGA.

“I am proud to have crossed new barriers and to see the Highland Games open its doors to people with disabilities.”

David will be the third generation in his family to receive an MBE, with his father and grandfather both receiving this honor.

“I am incredibly touched and proud to receive this honor. It is really nice to see your hard work recognized.

“I hope to continue to raise awareness and advocate for the needs of veterans and make people with disabilities feel more included.”

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