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The Value of Life

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Seeing people with different values. For example, I went down to Pakrac, the town was divided in two. One side was Serbian, the other side was Croatian and seeing the people from two different ethnic value, for example, if I was a Croat, you were a Serbian, well I had no value for your life. You were dirt. And we value life. We will go out of our way to protect somebody defenceless but them at that time of war their total value of life is different. And their philosophy, well if you are not part of my ethnic background you’re expendable just like you would expendable a rat. Their value of life is totally… so that was something, a hard pill to swallow is their value of human life.

Mr. Allaire expresses his opinion on the value of life the Serbian and Croat population put on one another.

Denis Allaire

Mr. Denis Allaire was born December 25, 1962 in Timmons, Ontario. As a young man, Mr. Allaire recalls his decision to join the military as a selfish opportunity for financial and security reasons and enlisted on a bet. He trained as a medic receiving trades training in Cornwallis, Ontario, OJT in Trenton, Ontario and then six month training at Borden, Ontario Medical School. Joining the 5 Field Ambulance Division as an army medic, Mr. Allaire deployed overseas, his first deployment being in 1993 to Croatia, then Rwanda followed by two tours to Bosnia. After 24 years of military service, he discharged from the military. Mr. Allaire retires having a great sense of pride for his contribution and is thankful that he made that decision in life to join the Canadian Forces.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
March 9, 2010
Person Interviewed:
Denis Allaire
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces

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