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How our country is failing our veterans (Part I)

By Kevin Berry

November 2011

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Members of 3 RCR Battalion Group November Coy patrol the streets of Kabul during Op ATHENA, Roto 0.
Photo: MCpl Brian Walsh 3 RCR
During Roto 0, three members of my unit were killed in action (KIA - Sgt Robert Short, Cpl Robbie Beerenfenger, Cpl Jamie Murphy) and many more were seriously wounded. I was fortunate in that my only physical injuries were sustained during an emergency dismount from an Iltis jeep while on an otherwise routine motorized patrol. I tore the meniscus in both knees, and strained both MCLs. I was directed to stop patrolling by the Unit Medical Officer, but due to the high operational tempo and the permanent shortage of personnel due to the mandated 25% leave policy, I was instructed to continue my duties regardless of my injuries and despite the fact that my supervisors were fully aware of the direction from the Unit MO. I patrolled the streets of Kabul in knee braces.
The 15 kilos of mission-critical equipment and supplies that I routinely carried in addition to my standard 30 kg load of body armour, fighting order, 1000 rounds of ammunition, radios, etc, caused long-term damage to my knees. I now have patella-femoral pain syndrome, as well as osteo-arthritis. I receive a pension from VAC under the Pension Act, as my injuries were sustained prior to 2006 and claimed for prior to 2006.

Unfortunately, my physical injuries weren’t the only price I paid for my service overseas in 2003-04. This came to my attention in 2005, when my (then) girlfriend woke me in the middle of the night. I had been having a dream where I was engaged in hand-to-hand combat with three Taliban fighters. I had killed two with my bayonet, and was choking the third to death when my girlfriend, who I was actually choking in our bed, woke me. I was a muscular 220lbs at the time and could have easily killed her.

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