The recent tragic death of four Canadian soldiers due to suicide has brought attention to what is obviously a big problem in our military.
It seems while in battle our troops have what they need to get the job done and make us look good.
When they return home with non-apparent battle scares, it’s a different story.
We often think the casualties of war always involve visible carnage such as loss of limbs, disfigurement or some other physical disability.
So often the injuries are not physical but mental.
We don’t have to use too much imagination to understand what these soldiers must have seen and what they have been through.
Why are they not held in the same regard as those who are injured in the police, fire or other emergency services.
Instead we hear horror stories of soldiers who were let go before receiving full pensions and benefits after making the ultimate sacrifice.
How many more do we have to lose before real action is taken.
It’s not up to them to ask for the help, it’s up to us to offer.
What’s really tragic is, it has taken this to get everybody’s attention.
And my guess is there will be more before any real action is taken.
We owe these people our respect when they need it, not just on Remembrance Day, when it is fashionable.
I’m Scott Thompson.
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