Military personnel with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are often the last to realize they need urgent help. Timely intervention is key to saving a life, or preventing a family's disintegration.
In our documentary last month (click here to listen
), Padre Michel Martin
, who counselled soldiers in Afghanistan, described his own struggle with PTSD.
The problem is as old as war and soldiers. But recognition and acceptance of responsibility by the military establishment, are more recent.
Canada's military ombudsman has issued four reports over the past decade, assessing how well the Canadian Forces and Department of Veterans Affairs are meeting the mental health needs of its soldiers and veterans.
Michael Enright talks to Pierre Daigle, Canada's military ombudsman.