10-day Arctic trek meant to show support for former soldiers
Veterans and prominent Canadians take to King Christian Island Tuesday
Four years after losing his left leg in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bjarne Nielsen is about to embark on one of the toughest challenges of his life.
Starting Tuesday, a group of veterans and prominent Canadians are going on a 10-day trek through King Christian Island, a remote island far above the Arctic Circle.
They're on a mission to raise awareness about the challenges faced by former soldiers.
Nielsen and 11 other veterans were honoured in Iqaluit over the weekend at the official launch of the Arctic expedition.
Nielsen says he sees teamwork as the key to survival, whether in Afghanistan or in the high Arctic.
The trip was organized by the True Patriot Love Foundation, an organization that helps veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Olympian Genevieve Lacasse just won a gold medal in women's hockey in Sochi, Russia.
She grew up in a military family and says talking about PTSD is important.
"Sometimes there's that stigma of being a tough guy and, you know, it's not about being tough. It's kind of normal."
The group will spend the next 10 days in 24-hour sunlight, skiing and lugging gear through unforgiving cold.