Along with funds raised for Legion services through the Poppy Fund, there are other charities trying to help. Susan Evenden of Kenora works with wounded warriors.

"This year is especially significant, because Wounded Warriors is working specifically with programs for those who suffer operational stress injuries and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)," Evenden said.

Evenden notes this year's Silver Cross Mother was chosen, because her son lost his struggle with mental health issues.

Anita Cenerini's son, Pte. Thomas Welch, was a respected member of 6 Platoon, November Company through the training and deployment as part of Operation ATHENA, Roto 0 to Afghanistan in August 2003. He served as a C9 Gunner overseas, but less than three months after returning from Afghanistan, Welch died by suicide in Petawawa. His death on May 8, 2004, is marked as the first death by suicide of a Canadian soldier after returning home from the Afghanistan mission. 

 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

We will remember them.

 

For more information:

Support for veterans

Wounded Warriors

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