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Very Lucky to be Canadian

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Very Lucky to be Canadian

When I think back to my boot camp maybe we started fifty and we finished like twenty but if this is what they want to do then do it! I know this is what I wanted to do and I wanted to serve my country so no, I encourage anybody that wants to join the military to do it if that’s what they want to do. Interviewer: And knowing that that’s what you did want to do and you certainly followed through on that, do you have any regrets? No regrets. No. I look back to my career and I’m really proud of everything I did. I had lots of fun, lots of difficult times too but lots of fun, you know, with all the comrades that I made in the forces so I don’t regret nothing. We’re lucky in Canada. Canadians are lucky because it’s not that easy everywhere. Having seen other countries in need, we’re lucky. We are very fortunate to have everything that we have and being able to go wherever we want to go without me thinking am I going to get killed today or stuff like that, going to school. You know countries like Afghanistan, little girls that go to school but they’re always in danger because of the insurgents and stuff like that so that’s the message I like to pass on is enjoy it because we’re lucky.

Ms. Dupuis expresses her satisfaction with the career she had in the military and realizes how lucky we are as Canadians.

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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