OTTAWA – Veterans advocates say a number of suicides within the military in recent days may only hint at the magnitude of the problem.
They warn that for every death by suicide, as many as 12 others may have sought the same fate.
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The wife of one soldier who tried to end his life last month says psychological injuries as a result of Afghanistan are an epidemic among the Forces and the care is not what it should be.
Michele Wolowidnyk says prior to her husband’s suicide attempt, he had only seen a social worker every two weeks, and had not been under a psychiatrist’s care since last summer.
Master Corporal Kristian Wolowidnyk, a former combat engineer who served in Kandahar in 2009-10, says he felt his life was over the moment the military told him he would be medically discharged because of his post-traumatic stress disorder.
Two days after being given the news and denied an extended release, Wolowidnyk tried to kill himself, but survived after being rushed to hospital in Edmonton where he met other Afghan veterans.
He says many soldiers being released from service are in the same boat as him, and they don’t know what else they’d do with their lives.