As many of you may or may not already know about my platform, it is raising funds and awareness to wounded veterans. I haves come to be passionate about this topic for a few years now. I chose this topic because I look up to Canadian Forces, I have always felt so safe because of our military force. Not to mention the sacrifices they are willing to make not just for our country but other countries around the world.
I have always believed that the people who join the forces are the most brave and courages people out there. And I say this because not only do we have such strong people to keep our country safe but without these heroes we have for us… our country would not be the same. Our rights and freedoms would not be the same. We wouldn’t have the opportunities we have now as a country, and we owe it all to them; to the brave. They are willing to sacrifice anything just for their country and their people.
Many of the people who return home from serving are diagnosed with mental illnesses such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome). PTSD is caused when you go through, see or learn about an event involving actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violation. This can affect a persons life forever. It is a long term illness that can increase a high risk of anxiety and depression. PTSD also causes changes in the brain. Could you imagine what soldiers experience? They really are heroic! Other soldiers that return home, return with combat injuries. Did you know that approximately 70 percent of war wounds are musculoskeletal injuries, and 55 percent are extremity wounds. Fractures account for 26 percent of combat injuries, and 82 percent of all fractures are open fractures? Many injured soldiers get amputations for their loss of limbs. The amount these soldiers are willing to surrender are truly astonishing and something I would never take for granted!
If I won the title of ‘Miss Teenage Canada 2015’ I would definitely like to raise more awareness to the Wounded Warriors Canada organization, Food Bank for Veterans and VETS Canada. I have already started talking to the Executive Director, Scott Maxwell of WWCA to talk about my platform and how I would love to get more awareness to this cause. VETS Canada is also partnered with WWCA and I cannot wait to get more involved! I have also started working with World Visions Canada and learned about child soldiers in other countries. This is also something I would like to raise awareness to, child soldiers should not have to go through life threatening experiences at such a young age. Many people expect that veterans already receive a great amount of medical help, but many other wounded veterans do not get proper medical help and needs for them. As an injured soldier once said “Battlefield injuries are usually not puncture wounds, like the gunshot wounds and stabbings you’d see in a city,” this a real issue that is on-going and its time to get our HEROES recognized!