Veterans struggle to get jobs despite skills

Rob Fisher of Adlington, who was in the parachute regiment for 17 years and now suffers from PTSD, back working in his own business thanks to the help from Local Heroes Foundation.

Rob Fisher of Adlington, who was in the parachute regiment for 17 years and now suffers from PTSD, back working in his own business thanks to the help from Local Heroes Foundation.

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Veterans often find it difficult to find employment after leaving the forces - even though they possess suitable skills for a variety of jobs.

Today, as part of our series looking at some of the issues facing veterans after their return to civilian life, Investigative Reporter AASMA DAY talks to former soldier Rob Fisher and how Preston charity Our Local Heroes Foundation helped him start his own business.

Rob Fisher, 43, who lives in Chorley, says: “Our Local Heroes Foundation has helped me turn my life around and helped me set up my own self employed business.

“The charity has helped me a great deal and I am so grateful.”

Steve Pearson, chief executive of Our Local Heroes Foundation based in Bamber Bridge, near Preston, says: “Veterans have self discipline and the ability to work long hours and go that extra mile.

“In the Army, they can work 24 hours, not just nine to five.

“They also work on their own initiative and make decisions themselves, especially if they have been promoted through the ranks.

“They also have man management skills looking after other other soldiers and good communication skills and are used to giving orders in positions of responsibility.

“Ex service personnel have a lot of attributes which their civilian counterparts don’t have.”

For more on this story see today’s Lancashire Evening Post or lep.co.uk tablet apps