Veteran says Ottawa ignoring pleas for help
Halifax man suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after Bosnian tour
A Canadian military veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder is speaking out over the poor service he says he's getting from the Veteran's Affairs office in Halifax.
Blair Davis served at CFB Greenwood and worked on numerous ships for missions overseas.
He developed PTSD after his time in Bosnia. In 1993, when he was 21, he was on patrol when he was threatened by a local boy.
"Just outside a vehicle there was a little kid, maybe 12 or 13, and he held an AK-47 up just like that and pointed it right at me. He had no fear, like, 'Should I kill you or shouldn't I? I'm in control.'" Davis recalled.
That and other incidents led to PTSD and suicidal thoughts in the past. He has been receiving extensive psychology sessions that have been coordinated through Veterans Affairs Canada.
But in the last few weeks he hasn't been able to get any answers from his case manager. His frustration escalated when he found out he wasn't getting answers because managers were in training sessions.
A little kid, maybe 12 or 13, he held an AK-47 up and pointed it right at me. He had no fear.- Blair Davis
"They don't understand the psychology of a PTSD person. I definitely need some help and you have to basically ask for help. So many doors have been slammed in my face and I just keep slamming doors down and keep moving along," he said Friday.
Davis's wife Kim has been with him during all of the frustration.
Complaint brought to House of Commons
The couple were told they should file a complaint with their member of parliament, which they've done. Their MP is Peter Stoffer, the NDP Veterans Affairs critic.
He brought Davis's complaint to the floor of the House of Commons Friday.
"For weeks and weeks they've been trying to get assistance, but to no avail. Mr. Davis is under a very precarious situation and the parliamentary secretary is fully aware of this file. His wife Kim is very worried about her husband," Stoffer said.
Davis hopes to have an answer soon. .