Everyday Heroes

A collection of first-person accounts from Canadian military personnel, brought together by veteran Jody Mitic.

edited by Jody Mitic

In this moving collection of first-person accounts, the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces take us inside life in the military and share their personal stories of courage, perseverance and sacrifice.

What does it mean to serve? Bestselling author Jody Mitic brings together veterans and active military personnel from across Canada to tell us, in their own words, what it means to answer the call of duty.

Meet the World War II bomb aimer whose plane engines failed over Hamburg during a raid, the naval signalman who patrolled heavily bombarded waters in Southeast Asia during the Korean War, and the unarmed peacekeeper who found himself standing on a road riddled with mines in Rwanda. From the young recruit who marched over thirty kilometres on what turned out to be a broken leg to prove her mettle, to the three brothers in arms who endured a summer of relentless fighting in Afghanistan, this collection captures the pain and sacrifice, the risks and rewards of standing on guard for Canada.

Featuring stories of courageous rescues, bravery in the face of conflict, and camaraderie at home and overseas, Everyday Heroes is an authentic and stirring look inside the hearts and minds of the men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces. These stories will make you proud to be a Canadian. (From Simon & Schuster)

Jody Mitic was a Canada Reads panellist in 2017. He defended Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji.

Everyday Heroes is available in October 2017.


If it weren't for an anti-personnel landmine, Jody Mitic and Alannah Gilmore would likely never have fallen in love. (DNTO Oct. 24, 2015) 13:38
The village was supposedly rife with Taliban soldiers and Jody's assignment was to flush them out. But that village was also littered with landmines. Jody took a step that changed his life forever. 8:01