Bill Sandstrom

Military service is in Bill Sandstrom’s blood, as he has followed the unusual career path of: Norwegian King’s Royal Guard ⇾ Australian Army Reserves ⇾ Continuous Full-Time Service in the Australian Army ⇾ employee at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The one reoccurring theme is the ‘military’.

Bill Sandstrom sitting down at a desk in an office environment. He is wearing a slate blue suit and navy blue shirt.

Bill Sandstrom standing in a smoky bushforest and looking quite serious. He is wearing Australia Army camouflage uniform.

In what sums up the value of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Bill said that serving ‘played a major role in feeling genuinely Australian’. One of his highlights while serving was during Operation Bushfire Assist, where he had the opportunity to work with ‘salt of the earth Australians’ in the NSW Rural Fire Service and ADF, in what embodied the values of mateship, dedication and optimism in the face of adversity. Bill continues to serve in the Army Reserves as a Platoon Commander working with amazing men and women from Bathurst, Orange & Dubbo.

In addition, while serving in the reserves Bill undertook university studies, a range of part-time jobs and has now found his calling in supporting fellow veterans after taking up a position with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs through their Graduate Program last year.

When asked if there was anything else he wanted to share Bill spoke highly of organ donation and encouraged others to opt-in by registering as a donor on the DonateLife web site.

To go with his positive can do attitude, his advice for others when leaving the ADF is to know the skills you have learnt are highly valuable in the civilian workforce and encourages veterans to sell these skills in interviews with confidence.

Thank you for your service Bill.