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Injured recruits misdiagnosed then dropped by military

Ex-soldiers say they have been left disillusioned and permanently disabled

Soldier recruits injured during basic training in Quebec are accusing the Canadian military of ignoring and mistreating their injuries and leaving them jobless and disabled.

"I'm 30 years old and I have to learn how to walk," said Natasha Howell. "They saw my injury. They knew it and they still didn't do anything about it — nothing."

What the doctors at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS) at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu told Howell was a sprained ankle in September 2005, required reconstructive surgery two years later after she was discharged.

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