This morning, on my daily commute into work, as I was congested in the traffic going west on the 417, a plane caught my attention. It wasn't a normal commercial airliner flying in. This was a massive, grey plane, with another small plane following just behind.
I watched it as I was stopped on the highway, trying to figure out what kind of plane this was. Traffic started moving, and I was on my way to the office again.
On my normal social media check when I got into the office, this tweet came across from our friend Alison at CFRA:
Cue feelings of happiness. Happiness for the families being reunited, children meeting their dad for the first time, partners holding on to one another not wanting to let go. Happiness for each of the 93 troops, who have made it home to Canadian soil. Happiness for our country.
Welcome home, soldiers.
In the recent months, there have been many stories of soldiers taking their lives, after returning home from overseas. Seeing unimaginable, tragic scenes, battling, losing comrades, incredibly long, hot days, and cold nights, even coming home can be terrifying. These things can become inner demons, that these brave soldiers may have a hard time coping with after they are home, and on rest for a couple of weeks or longer.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Fatigue, Anxiety, and other mental health disorders can be developed from experiencing instances like I mentioned above. These can range in severity from mild depression, to severe PTSD, resulting in black outs, isolation, hallucinations, and suicidal ideations.
If you have a soldier in your life, or are a soldier, one who is just back from overseas, or someone who has been home for awhile, or even someone who is still rooted to Canadian soil, we are here for you.
No matter what you want to talk about, whether it is something you have experienced, something you cannot shake, thoughts that you don't want to be having, we are here for you. No matter what.
Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are here to provide support to you, your families, friends, and loved ones, so that you can make it through another day. Whether it is your first call, or your 50th call, we are always here, that we promise you.
Welcome home once again, soldiers. We are proud of you.