My character is a Canadian man, named Andrij Melnyk, who has served in the Canadian Armed Forces as an infantry officer after graduating from university. He has deployed to Afghanistan multiple times and has seen combat. He has also been deployed several times times to help with disaster relief efforts.
After serving for several years, he went back to civilian life for some time. He eventually discovered that private security contractors are a thing, and after finding out how well they're paid, he signed up. His first few assignments were either lame or slightly dangerous - protecting wealthy individuals in war torn nations or assisting foreign military defense forces in training and fighting back terrorist forces. Eventually he was offered a comfy job. He got to sit at an airfield with internet access and unload packages while getting paid well to sit around for most of the day.
The news of what had been happening in Chernarus and around the world had been spreading. He was offered an assignment to travel to Chernarus to assist any locals that still remain, meet up with other special operatives that are supposedly attempting to discover the source of the infection and assist them in any way he can. Something went wrong on his journey, though. He was travelling there by ferry and the ferry was struck by something a few kilometers off the coast. He was knocked unconscious, fell into the sea and washed up on shore.