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Kept Going for the Team

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Kept Going for the Team

At times I wanted to quit to tell you the truth. It happened a few times, I was thinking, “I can’t,” but then I was not the only one on the site so if I quit then maybe they quit and everybody quits so you can’t. I would have felt that I let down the team because that is what we are, a big team, a big family. So that’s why I kept on going. I was thinking also the stress and the adrenalin, while you’re there, it kept me going. But when I got home, things got harder because I guess that stress and adrenalin went down and then all the nightmares and the stress and stuff like that kicked in. You can’t go through this alone so it's really important to feel that bond with the other members of the team. So I know I developed great bonds with a lot of the people over there and you need each other. Interviewer: And we so often hear that, it’s a bond that unless you are in it, you can’t explain it. Exactly, you don’t get along with everybody but then when it’s down to the work. I see it as brothers and sisters, even though you are not always on the same page then at the end of the day you have this bond.

Although at times Ms. Dupuis thought about quitting, she shares the reality and importance of not letting the team down and finding strength to carry on.

Natacha Dupuis

Ms. Natacha Dupuis was born May 25, 1979 in Longueuil, Quebec. Throughout her younger years, she always had a desire to join the military. In 1997, at age 18, Ms. Dupuis joined the reserves and with family support and encouragement, she enlisted with Armoured Corp as a tanker. After receiving her basic training in Montreal as well as completed the Crewman course in Valcartier, Ms. Dupuis moved to Vancouver and joined the British Columbia Regiment. There she took an advance reconnaissance course and a few years later joined the Regular Force accepting more training on the Leopard tank and completed the Coyote Gunner/Driver course. Ms. Dupuis was deployed to Bosnia and twice to Afghanistan. Suffering from PTSD, Ms. Dupuis was medically released from the military. She now has a positive focus on her future and maintains pride for her service years. She is involved with the Canada Army Run and is a proud member of the Soldier On organization.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
December 9, 2014
Person Interviewed:
Natacha Dupuis
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Armoured Regiment

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