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An Emotional Adjustment

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An Emotional Adjustment

Interviewer: The emotions that one must carry. You are a young guy, you join the military following in your father’s footsteps. You are ready to go. You are ready to learn and you have this illness that stricken you and has taken your sight. Just share with us the type of feelings that one must go through. Yes definitely at the start of my career I am looking forward to moving out and getting started on my own and seeing what being an adult is like. It was definitely emotional losing your vision and I had just gained all that independence and now I have to go back to relying on people for pretty much everything, get around, make me food. It was very emotional losing your vision, losing your independence right at the start of your career after you just figured oh I am going to start growing up here and doing this all on my own after moving out for the first time. It was very emotional.

Just when all things seem right, Aaron speaks about the emotion caused when he loses his vision and has to start over!

Aaron Boulanger

Mr. Aaron Boulanger was born in March 10, 1990 in Calgary, Alberta. As a child Aaron and family moved back to the Gagetown, New Brunswick. Coming from a military family with his dad and two brothers serving, Aaron realized he too would choose this career. After finishing high school Aaron joined the Navy and obtained his university degree at UNB under the support of the military. While training in Esquimalt, B.C. holding rank of Officer Cadet, Aaron became very ill and was diagnosed with a brain tumour which caused blindness. Now left to regain his independence Aaron moved back to Oromocto, NB to gain assistance from his family as well as tremendous support through CNIB. As time passed Aaron made the choice to get healthy and by doing so was selected as part of Team Canada 2018 Invictus Games Team. Being blind did not stop Aaron from choosing the sport of archery and with his father by his side achieved his personal best during the games in Australia, October 2018. Aaron will be medically discharged from the military and looks forward to finding a new career path. He now resides in Oromocto, New Brunswick with his family.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
September 27, 2018
Person Interviewed:
Aaron Boulanger
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Officer Cadet
Officer Cadet

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