Definition of a veteran
A veteran is any former member of the Canadian Armed Forces who has been honourably discharged, who has successfully completed basic training.
Facts About Veterans
The effects can be long-reaching and the transition from military life very difficult for one in four veterans. Research is ongoing, but the rate of depression, suicide and homeless is staggeringly high when compared to the Canadian general population. These men and women have represented our Canadian values throughout the world by providing assistance to the vulnerable, security for those in danger and demonstrating tolerance where it is the only way forward. The Foundation considers it a privilege to support the men and women of Canada who have served their country in uniform, both overseas and helping fellow Canadians on our own shores.
Mario, a former infantry corporal in the Canadian Armed Forces, didn’t have an easy life.
As a child, he was often given the strap at school. As a teenager, he lived in the streets of Toronto for a time, where he was violently beaten. He also had dyslexia and Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes vocal and motor ticks. But, none of this stopped Mario from becoming an independent and sociable man, who was deeply protective of and devoted to his family. As the eldest son, he took wonderful care of his three younger brothers. He, himself, has two sons and a beautiful grandson who will soon be turning two.
Mario took part in the Sentinelles of the Street, an initiative from the Old Brewery Mission, which the Quebec Veterans Foundation is proud to support. Read more here.