The mother of a Hamilton soldier who took his own life after serving in Afghanistan will be honoured with a Memorial Cross after all.
The Defence Department originally ruled that post traumatic stress disorder following his tour in Afghanistan did not contribute to the suicide of Corporal Justin Stark.
The reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders killed himself at the Hamilton armouries in October of 2011, ten months after his return to Canada.
The Defence Department hasn’t explained why, but it has changed its position, saying only that the government has now determined Stark’s death was related to his military service.
Stark’s mother, Denise, says she feels some sense of peace as “the right decision has been made.”
The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place here in Hamilton on Saturday.
(with files from the Canadian Press)