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Support veterans like Vicki


Vicki with her Employment Consultant, Kirsty







Vicki served as a Staff Sergeant in the British Army for 22 years, working in logistics in the Falklands, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2016 she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and struggled to adapt into a new job in the civilian world. That’s when she found The Poppy Factory.

Support from Kirsty at The Poppy Factory has enabled Vicki to thrive in a new logistics role, managing imports and exports for an international shipping firm.

“Joining the Army was the best thing I did and I have no regrets. But I saw a lot more than I was expecting to and I dealt with a lot. When I was discharged, my PTSD really affected my confidence and lots of little things as well, like having to choose what to wear, as life in the Army had been simple.

“Just picking myself up and asking for help was a massive thing. The support from The Poppy Factory just kept me going. They invested their time in me and I didn’t want to let them down.

“Kirsty has been an absolute star. She’s broadened my options, rather than me having tunnel vision. She’s given me the kick I needed and said ‘you can do this’. We tried it, and it worked.”

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