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In Their Own Words; Paul

02.29.16

My name is Paul, and I am 44 years old. I am a grateful and inspired veteran having served in the Canadian Armed Forces. I wasn’t always grateful, and I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the assistance of programs such as VETS Canada.

When I returned home from Bosnia, I began drinking heavily to the point that alcohol consumed my life and that of my wife and daughter. I began to engage in risky behaviour and started making very poor life choices. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was incapable of resolving any issues from my past and of my time spent in the military and in battle. I was unable to live up to my responsibilities as a husband, a father, or a friend. My nightmares became unbearable, and I began to isolate from my family and friends to the point that death seemed like the only reasonable alternative.

One day I came across VETS Canada and immediately contacted them. They got back to me that same day and thus began my road to recovery. VETS Canada gave me hope, and let me know that I wasn’t alone. VETS Canada has connected me with other veterans through a program called “Guitar for Vets” where we meet once a week and learn how to play the guitar. When I separated from my wife and moved out of the family home, VETS Canada set me up in a hotel while I waited for a new apartment to open up. They contacted me regularly to check on my well-being and progress, for which I was very grateful.

I am clean and sober today, and I am working very hard on my recovery. Some days are still a struggle, but I know that with the assistance and support of programs such as VETS Canada, I can work through my issues one day at a time.