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Toronto Coach House II: Walter's Wall

Walter Callaghan is a former medic with the Canadian forces. Walter was given a medical release just months shy of his full pension. Despite leaving the military over a decade ago, he still struggles with ghosts of the past.
Toronto Coach House I: Walter’s Wall 1:37
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Walter Callaghan is a former medic with the Canadian forces. By sheer chance, our sleepover is happening across the street from Moss Park Armoury, where he served with the 25th Regiment.

This brings up a dark passage in his life that lead to chronic pain, psychological distress, and PTSD. Walter was given a medical release just months shy of his full pension. Walter left the military over a decade ago, but still finds himself living the past.

In an intense exchange, Walter attempts to open up to a teenager and a woman living with cancer.

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SLEEPOVER BEHIND-THE-SCENES

Former military medic Walter Callaghan wears a holster, but it’s not for a gun. It’s for his cellphone. (Veronica Simmonds)
He shows us his dog tags and reveals the problem they have to do with. (Veronica Simmonds)
Walter was released without pension over a decade ago but is still haunted by his military life. (Veronica Simmonds)
Eryn Faye and Davinder have no idea what it’s like to suffer from PTSD, but they listen and try to understand. (Veronica Simmonds)
Walter’s challenge is complex and difficult to unpack. (Veronica Simmonds)
Davinder inadvertently mixes up PTSD with PST (Provincial Sales Tax). (Veronica Simmonds)
Eryn Faye listens carefully to Walter. (Veronica Simmonds)
Walter has a hard time letting his guard down, but he wants desperately to connect. (Veronica Simmonds)