Kevin is an author, military veteran, successful in business areas, including real estate.
His military career began in 1966 when he joined the Australian Army. He was posted to the Infantry Corps, and sent to Vietnam in 1967, two weeks after his 19th birthday, where he served as a forward scout, rifleman, and machine gunner in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment.
He volunteered for a second tour of duty, serving as a rifleman and forward scout with the 4th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment. Kevin then served as a section commander in the 2nd D&E Platoon, a platoon that became quite controversial in its short existence, but even 45 years later, still causes bitter and hostile debate.
After completing his second tour of duty, Kevin served for two years as an infantry instructor with the 3rd Training Battalion.
Prior to leaving the Army, Kevin prepared himself for civilian life. He studied at night to earn his Marketing Certificate and went to work for J Blackwood and Son Ltd as a management trainee. Later he began his career in the computer industry, then after almost three years of soul destroying unemployment, found a career in real estate sales, then as a mortgage broker.
Unsurprisingly, Kevin was diagnosed with chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder relating to the time he spent in Vietnam. It took him nearly ten years, but he ultimately took control of his PTSD.
In his spare time, Kevin enjoys sailing, ocean racing, surfing, and scuba diving. His volunteer activities involved working with Sailability, and Sailors With disAbilities.
His professional and social associations include the Royal Australian Regiment Association, Vietnam Veterans Association, Queensland Returned Serviceman’s League, Southport Returned Serviceman’s League Sub-branch, Combined Services Club Sub-branch, Mates4Mates, the Southport Yacht Club and the Southport Surf Club.
Kevin has travelled and worked throughout Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Vanuatu, Fiji, Bali, the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden.
Kevin Lloyd-Thomas is the author of Beat PTSD and lives on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.