A social worker at CFB Edmonton is sharing her personal story of war and loss in a documentary set to air Friday night.
Former platoon leader Capt. Ashley Collette was 26 years old when she led a platoon of soldiers into an isolated area of Afghanistan in 2010.
Their duty at the time was to protect a village, while also protecting themselves from the enemy and the constant threat of hidden improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Her story, along with several others, makes up the documentary I AM WAR, which airs on the History Channel Canada. The History Channel, along with Global News, is a part of parent company Corus Entertainment Inc.
Collette’s story is shown through combat footage from her time in Afghanistan.
It’s hoped sharing these personal stories of war will encourage more conversation at home, with Collette saying post-traumatic stress disorder doesn’t have to be a life sentence.
“A lot of guys I deployed with are willing to talk if we’re willing to ask the questions,” Collette said.
The documentary may also help others, like friends and relatives, come to grips with war.
“I think it’s hard to ask the tough questions about what it’s like to be a human being in war,” she said.
I AM WAR airs Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. MT.
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— With files from Kendra Slugoski, Global News