My name is Neal Carman, I am 25 years old and was born in Mission, B.C. Canada. I grew up in Mission and I joined the Army in 2004, enlisting as an Infantryman with the Royal Westminster Regiment, an Army Reserve unit based in New Westminster B.C.
In April of 2007 I was attached to the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Shilo, Manitoba, and began training for Afghanistan. I deployed to Afghanistan with the Battle Group in Feb 2008. On July 18th 2008, while on a weeklong operation looking for bomb makers, I was involved in an IED blast. In the blast my fire team partner, Cpl James Arnal was killed and i received a shrapnel injury to my left buttock and was knocked unconscious. I was evacuated back to Kandahar airfield for surgery but managed to remain in Afghanistan, completing my tour with the rest of my platoon in September of 2008.
Since my tour I have slowly been recovering and have spent my time travelling and returning to school. Currently I am working as a Paramedic in B.C. and I am also still serving in the Canadian Forces as an Infantryman in the Aldergrove B.C. Based portion of the Royal Westminster Regiment and just reached 8 years of service. The opportunity to be a member of this expedition is an amazing one and I look forward to the challenges.
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