Wounded Warriors retreat in Sask. comes to an end
Dozens of people came out Tuesday to say farewell to nearly 200 veterans that were on a weekend retreat in northern Saskatchewan.
The soldiers that came from the United States, Canada, Australia and Great Britain spent their time in Nipawin on a fishing trip put together by the Wounded Warriors organization.
The group also received treatment for post traumatic stress disorder.
David Desjardins, who served in Afghanistan with the Canadian Military Police, said he was skeptical about coming but is glad he did.
"I mean even when there was nobody else around we were always together and we were talking things out and working things through," said Desjardins. "I think it made everybody stronger."
Bobby Henline, who has been on four tours in Iraq with the US Army, said being on the retreat has helped with the healing process.
"We help each other with different tools and issues we have with coming home from war," said Henline.
He lost part of his leg to an improvised explosive device while on duty.
"We actually relax when we are around each other more, because of what we have all been through together," said Henline.
"You're not always watching your back because you're around your brothers and sisters that are watching your back."
The veterans paraded around Wascana Park and the legislative building before flying out of Regina.
This was the second weekend organized by Wounded Warriors — next year the retreat will be held in a different province.