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Everything for a Reason

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Everything for a Reason

When I came home I will be the first one to admit the accident ruined my first marriage. My ex-wife would have to drive me to all these surgeries, at IWK and back and forth it took its toll and I fought not that I was inheritably an asshole, but it was very difficult to keep a positive outlook on life when you have surgery after surgery after surgery. I became agoraphobic. I didn’t leave the house for three years. Three whole years. Even brushing my teeth was a task. I didn't go to the gym, you know what I mean? For me being into that world I didn’t go train, I didn’t do anything. So it led to where it was difficult and I feel sorry for my ex-wife. I love her to death, she’s still a good friend. The only good thing that happened from that tour was that my son was born. He was born a year later. So everything for a reason, right?

Returning from deployment, Thier shares his personal experiences on the difficulties faced yet realizes the joy in the birth of his son, all things for a reason!

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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