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New Environment can be Difficult

I knew that day was coming with medically released and that was fine with me. I was down a different path now away so I was given a chance to have schooling paid for me through SISIP Program so I went and went into college. But I found what was difficult was after injury and those three years til 2000, but then after 2000 when I was medically released and out, released from the military and away from the military that’s when I found it difficult because you are not in that environment anymore and it’s such a close-knit, tight unit that once you’re gone from it, it’s away. After injury I went in as a golf profession so I was a professional golfer and it was a lot of work through rehab because I picked golf and it’s a great sport for me cause it helped with of course stability and getting myself out, out of the house so I wasn’t stuck in the house anymore. So that journey to the point now, you know, it’s twenty years this year that I was injured, coming up in November. To be chosen to be an assistant, sorry, the coach of the golf team for these injured soldiers that are participating in the Invictus Games, I can see in a lot of them what I went through maybe fifteen years ago.

Mr. Feyko speaks about the reality of being released from the military and the path he chose for himself.

Michael Feyko

Mr. Michael Feyko was born July 12, 1970 in Windsor, Ontario. Immediately out of high school, Mr. Feyko joined the military and held rank of private with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry. He attended battle school in Wainwright, Alberta. First deploying to Norway, Mr. Feyko then continued on with tours to Cyprus and to Somalia. Realizing his true passion was to be a jumper and following his desire to gain a career with Search & Rescue, Mr. Feyko found himself back in Canada with the SkyHawks attending many air shows across the country. While in Edmonton, Mr. Feyko was involved in a parachute accident where he was left with a lifetime injury. With major injury to his body, Mr. Feyko rehabilitated himself back into civilian life and in 2000 a decision was made for medical discharge. With great determination and desire to continue life as it was prior to his injury, Mr. Feyko was inspired by the Soldier On program and assisted as coach of the Team Canada Golf Team leading them to five medals at the Invictus Games held in Toronto, Ontario September 2017. Now married and with a family, Mr. Feyko enjoys a career as a PGA golf pro and continues to train golfers who are part of Soldier On in preparing for the next Invictus Games to be held in Sydney, Australia.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
September 29, 2017
Person Interviewed:
Michael Feyko
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Canadian Airborne Regiment

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