Friday, January 30, 2009

Damian Brooks latest from Afghanistan

Damian Brooks for those of you who don't know is finishing up an embed with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. On his own time and his own dime! So any donations to his tip jar are appreciated. He was slowed down in posting due to the internet being off limits after yet another serious wounding of a Canadian Soldier. (The CF blacks out communications during these situations to ensure that family and loved ones hear it from offical sources first.)

Today he blogs about a Maritimer from the Canadian Correctional Services who is voluntarily having his tour extended to ensure he completes the mission. That's dedication to which we owe a debt of thanks.

And he's extending his tour primarily to help trainees like the one who exclaimed on his first day of training. "I'm twenty-eight years old, and I'm so happy - this is the first time in my life sitting in a real classroom with a teacher and books!"

As Damian reports: "This is what motivates a man with a wife and two kids at home in Nova Scotia to put in for a three month extension of his year-long tour: so that he can see the last of the trainees he started with finish Phase 3.

"It's about finishing what I started," Kevin said. "For the average person used to North American standards, you come in and say 'these guys have so much to learn.' But if you'd seen them since the beginning of their training - they've come so far..."

Check out the whole post at the link below. You'll be glad you did.

The Torch: Corrections: thankless and rewarding

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