Veteran from Wisbech is now helping charity which helped him
A veteran from the Royal Military Police says he has turned his life around after seeking support from a military force's charity.
Lance Chisolm, from Wisbech, was forced to quit the service on medical grounds related to nerve damage, which not meant only loosing his career but also his married quarters accommodation.
He joined the Royal Military Police after being inspired by his parents, who both served, at the age of 17 - but being forced to take medical discharge was a major blow and he was unsure what directio to take his civilian career after leaving.
He had plans to fall back into being a travelling naan bread salesman but that went out of the window due to Covid, which caused uncertainty and contributed to a decline in his mental health.
Suffering from PTSD, Lance struggled to secure employment but, spurred on by his wife’s pregnancy, he reached out to the forces employment charity RFEA for help.
He said: “The hardest thing is knowing what to do.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do and that can be quite daunting, but my advisor made me realise that doing something is better than doing nothing.
“She was a massive help, funnelling my ideas and pointing me in the right direction of training courses."
He added: "Thanks to her guidance and support, I gained qualifications that have led to my current job as a peer support worker, helping people with their mental health issues.”
Now Lance, who is currently working in the NHS, helps other veterans in need of mental health support through the charity that helped him so much in his own time of need.
RFEA’s chief executive, Alistair Halliday said: “A career in the military develops so many important skills, such as resilience, accountability, teamwork and an ability to be trained. Whilst most veterans make the transition to ‘civvy’ street with relative ease, utilising the excellent support available through the charity proves that veterans sometimes fail to appreciate the value they can bring to the civilian jobs market.
“Our teams are so committed to supporting ex-forces, and their loved ones, to find meaningful and fulfilling jobs.
“We provide an invaluable 1-1 support service to make sure our clients have everything they need to showcase the value and relevance of their experience to civilian employers.
“By doing so, we bring about life changing transformations for thousands of veterans, and their families, every year.”