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Couldn’t Do My Job

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Couldn’t Do My Job

It’s special to say you almost gave your life for your country. I didn’t get to go to Afghanistan. I wish I could have. I don’t know if it was because I would want to die or that a lot of my brothers in arms passed away, a lot of good friends died over there, you know, a lot of acquaintances because obviously I knew pretty much everybody that passed on, you know. As a soldier you sign on to close with and destroy the enemy by day or night regardless of weather or terrain right? I did kind of do that somewhat but I didn’t fight. That’s what we were there to do. A brain surgeon goes to school for decades to use his hands to work on a brain. He gets into a car accident ten years into it, his training, loses his hands, can’t do it. I couldn’t fight. Couldn’t do my job. When Afghanistan started I was going to go over as a civilian contractor. I wanted to fight. I couldn’t.

Their shares a very emotional moment reflecting back on his military experiences knowing that it didn’t finish the way he wanted it to.

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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