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Awareness of IED’s

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Awareness of IED’s

For us in the armoured vehicles what was the big danger was the IED, improvised explosive device, and we were hit quite often so as the tour goes, now I am talking more about my second Roto which was eight months. And so one vehicle hits, you get one or two people injured and then another hit and then you get a casualty and so this is what was the most scary part. And as you go, you’re thinking, “Gee, you know, is it my turn?” So I know for myself as the tour went on and on I got a bit scarier and scarier because of all the events you get exposed to you are thinking, “I am not an exception. It can be me anytime.”

Ms. Dupuis talks about patrolling and the pervasive danger of IED’s.

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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