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Shedding light on PTSD
By Sheila Fynes, The Ottawa Citizen June 12, 2012 Be the first to post a comment

Re: When war comes home, June 9.

Kudos to Chris Cobb for shedding light on the troubling issue of post traumatic stress disorder and soldier suicide.

The men and women who have bravely spoken out deserve our utmost respect and thanks. Last week, at the Military Police Complaints Commission hearing regarding the death of our son, Cpl. Stuart Langridge, I was stunned to hear a senior public-affairs officer say his primary mission in life is to protect "the brand." He was referring to the commanders in our armed forces, not the soldiers or the mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, or children. The chief of defence staff has in his employ 150 public-affairs officers whose sole purpose is to protect and polish the image of the upper echelon of the Department of National Defence. I find this astounding and insulting to the intellect of ordinary Canadians. Each of these officers is of the rank of captain and above, each at an average salary of $120,000 per annum.

I strongly suggest that money would be better spent on appropriate and timely mental health services. I wonder, how many lives $18 million per year would save.

Sheila Fynes, Victoria, B.C.
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