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Ravioli Kids

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I kind of informally adopted some kids over there where we would feed them. We called them the, “Ravioli kids.” You would give a kid a can of ravioli, like ravioli right? He would take the ravioli out of the can and put it in his pockets. The food wasn’t important, the can was gold for water. And then they would take it over to the cow infested, fecal matter infested water, fill it with water and drink it. It’s just a completely different… I am sure to them that’s, they look at us and go you guys are weird. We look at them and go, this is crazy! So it is what it is. I have seen some awful things. Awful, awful, awful things.

When providing cans of ravioli to the children, Thier soon learns that the can is far more valuable than the food itself!

Michael Thier

Mr. Michael Their was born in Vancouver, B.C. August 30, 1970. Looking at options for a career choice, at age 24 Mike considering himself a late bloomer chose to join the military. Only four days after joining up and being trained an as infantry soldier, Mike was given an opportunity to deploy to Bosnia with IFOR ’96, SFOR ’99 and then to Ethiopia as part of UNMEE in 2001. After a horrific accident turret explosion to the armoured vehicle, Mike received serious facial wounds and after more than twenty surgeries he was given no choice but to be medically released from the military. Suffering with PTSD, Mike continues to struggle yet carries on with a sense of purpose in life and holds great pride in wearing the maple leaf. Mike has been named part of Team Canada for Invictus Games 2018 taking part in the sport of weight lifting and wheelchair basketball. Mike resides in Fredericton, New Brunswick with and family.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
September 26, 2018
Person Interviewed:
Michael Thier
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Infantry soldier

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