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Shooting for the stars: joining Pall-Ex surpasses expectations for army veteran

Shooting for the stars: joining Pall-Ex surpasses expectations for army veteran

In celebration of Military Awareness Month, veteran John Bisland, Hub Manager at Pall-Ex Group, shares why joining the logistics company has given his career a new lease of life. 

Having served in the Army in Royal Corps of Signals as a Communication Specialist for 12 years, John encountered a lot in his military days. By his own admission, the Army has shaped him into the person he is today and almost makes up part of his DNA.

The prospect of leaving the Army in 2015 must have filled him with both fear and anticipation for what life as a veteran would entail. Especially as he was medically discharged due to wounds he had received on duty. 

Although statistics vary and many cases go unreported, a report from the British Journal of Psychiatry estimates the rate of PTSD among UK veterans of all conflicts to be 7.4%. The rate of PTSD among the public is 4%. Another piece of research involving 10,000 veterans found that 19.7% reported other common mental health concerns. 

Giving our veterans the right and timely support should be of importance to us all, and this is an ethos Pall-Ex Group champions. 

After joining Pall-Ex, John immediately knew the company was the right fit. He says:

“Coming from a military background, being the best, working as a team, and delivering high professional standards has been drilled into me. It was evident from day one that Pall-Ex lived by these values too.” 

He continues:

“Everything that I had enjoyed when in the Army I regained when I joined Pall-Ex and it was the perfect choice for me to start a new career.”

His current role as Hub Manager means he is constantly working with staff and visitors to ensure a safe environment, and that all operations run smoothly and on schedule. Plus, he’s continually working to improve the site and operations. 

John originally aimed to become Operations Manager, however with the help and training provided by Pall-Ex, he has surpassed this goal to become Hub Manager. Now he has set his sights on becoming a director, which he is confident he can achieve with the support of the business. 

Pall-Ex has long-standing commitments to ex-military personnel. Recently, the company achieved the rare honour of an Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award from the Ministry of Defence for its support of the Armed Forces community.

It is also celebrating Military Awareness Month with an amazing fundraising milestone, donating over £40,000 for veteran’s mental health charity, Combat Stress.  

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