He knew something was wrong when he returned from Afghanistan in late 2006.
But it wasn’t until a Christmas parade a few months later, when Archer and his comrades were handed weapons to carry, that something snapped.
How do you put a price on the life of someone serving in Canada’s military?
Each will have a military base named after him.
But according to the federal government’s rules, the two men’s lives are valued very differently.
October 1, 2014 – Anna Mehler Paperny and Laura Stone, Global News
The federal government is promising counselling for veterans’ families and smoother transitions between military and civilian life in response to recommendations on how to better serve those who’ve served the country and suffered often crippling disabilities in the process – but says it needs to give more thought to proposals that would improve benefits for those with the worst disabilities and ensure equal treatment for hurt reservists.
For members of Canada’s military, the choice to come forward about mental illness can be agonizing: Anyone deemed “unfit to serve” – due to mental illness, for example, if the Defence Department contends the illness’s roots predate military service – before having completed the minimum 10 years of service loses his or her pension.