Canadian government cutting military funding for mental health

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 9th Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/44ds1i9y/
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Many of my American friends are worried about health services for the military. The situation in Canada in 2012 is not any better. They were cutting funding for mental health for the military and it is a crying shame.

Fighting in Afghanistan

Our Montreal soldiers from Val Cartier and Canadians across the country fought long and hard in Afghanistan. They came back with several injuries and some came back home in a casket.

Canadian soldiers who died in Afghanistan

Cpl. Yannick Scherrer of Montreal was killed in action in Kandahar in 2011. Similarly, Cpl. Steve Martin stationed at Val Cartier, from St-Cyrille-de-Wendover in Quebec was killed just two days short of his birthday.

Sapper Steven Marshall, from the Montreal army base was just in Afghanistan for a week when he was killed in action. Pte. Jonathan Couturier from Loretteville was only 23 when he died. Pte. Patrick Lormand from Montreal base was still younger, he was only 21.

Corporal Jean-Francois Drouin, Major Yannick Pepin, Sapper Matthieu Allard, Cpl. Christian Bobbitt, Pte. Sebastien Courcy, Cpl. Martin Joannette, Master Cpl. Paul Audet, Cpl. Martin Dube, Pte. Alexandre Peloquin, Trooper Karine Blais and the list goes on for our Montreal and Quebec deceased soldiers.

Our Soldiers Should not be treated this way

We don’t forget them; however, what that Canadian government has forgotten is the mental Illnesses that have occurred because of combat duty in Kandahar. Steve Stoesz suffers from depression ever since returning home from Afghanistan. He was ordered by the Canadian government not to talk about his mental health issues because of proposed cuts for mental health services for soldiers.

"I was ordered not to do this interview," he told Question Period. "But at the end of the day, I have to live with myself, and I couldn't live with myself not getting this info out there and making a difference. This cause is more worthy than the cause in Afghanistan, and I was willing to die for the cause in Afghanistan to me, so it goes to show how much this means to me," Stoesz said.

"Most of my psychological injuries are coming from not getting the proper physical care," Stoesz said. "Since I've been home I've been fighting non-stop for my own kind of deal, and that's just brought such a psychological toll on me that it's been devastating to my whole life and my whole mental state. I have a battle with the medical system, and then as well one with Veterans Affairs."

It is a crying shame that our soldiers in any province not just the Montreal and Quebec should be treated this way.

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Canadian Government, Cutting Military Funding, Cutting Military Funding For Mental Health, Kandahar, Military Funding, Military In Afghanistan, Military In Kandahar, Soldiers In Afghanistan, Soldiers In Kandahar, Val Cartier

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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar M G Singh
10th Dec 2015 (#)

I am surprised at this approach of the Canadian government

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
31st Jan 2016 (#)

Hi Carol cngrats for your author. Of the day distinction...
Where have you been late
Y? I remember your concern last December, wikinut this month introduce how get a copy of all our articles. I tried it and it works, they send a zip file of all my previous articles.Hope you'll have time droppng by, am sure you got earned space here than our previous busted bubble😎

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author avatar Sherri Granato
31st Jan 2016 (#)

Wow, shocking news. Canada is always on top of these types of issues. The military should be one of our first considerations where mental health is concerned.

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