As we honor and celebrate military service throughout the month of November, Jess McClure, Senior Account Executive, is sharing about how she’s felt supported mentally and physically by our veteran community.
According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, 1 in every 4 veterans has a service-related disability. After serving in the military as a U.S. Army Captain for 12 years, it comes at little surprise that I experience both physical and mental health disabilities.
During my time at Gartner, I’m grateful to have received the support I need from my manager, team and other colleagues to ensure my physical and mental health is prioritized and achievable. I’ve never felt as if I had to choose between succeeding in my role or attending an appointment, which makes me confident in my ability to deliver value as a member of Gartner’s sales team.
Because I felt comfortable being open and honest with my manager, I have been able to seek the resources I need for both my physical and mental health, which is not something people with disabilities always feel comfortable doing. I’ve found that by initiating conversations with my manager, it’s created the opportunity to also educate my team members and other colleagues on some of the issues veterans and former military members can face.
As a member of our Veterans at Gartner employee resource group, I’ve found a great sense of camaraderie and community amongst our members. We’re able to have open and honest discussions about our experiences and work together to educate the greater Gartner community on how they can support transitioning military members and their families.
At the end of the day, we’re not just statistics and data points. I’ve felt empowered to prioritize my physical and mental health – and I’m thankful for Gartner’s inclusive culture that’s allowed me to do so.
Learn more about the Veterans at Gartner community here.
* Gartner health benefits vary by geographic region