Another call to change how Canada transitions its Canadian Forces members after leaving the military.
That coming from the Canadian Armed Forces ombudsman after a Nova Scotia veteran killed his mother, wife, and 10-year-old daughter, before killing himself.
Ombudsman Gary Walbourne is calling for adequate support before soldiers leave the military to deal with Post-traumatic stress disorder.
He says the military needs to be pro-active and act while soldiers are on duty.
“No member of the Canadian Armed forces be released until all benefits and services from all sources, not just from Veterans Affairs Canada, but from all sources are in place prior to releasing that member. I think if we could get there we can start to minimize the number of stories who slip through the crack.”
He says waiting too long can affect soldiers.
“I don’t know why we are waiting, how long do we wait. There’s been people calling for recommendations for the last 6,7,10, 15 years. It’s time for some change to happen. I don’t believe we have to wait until we have the 100 per cent solution. If we know certain things will help to move these things forward, why aren’t we doing it?”
Walbourne says recommendations were made to the department of defence last September and years before that.