Funeral Thursday for Canadian soldier as country grapples with recent military suicides

Global News

Video: The prime minister has told soldiers to seek help for PTSD and the Chief of Defence said they’re not alone in their fight. Shirless Engel reports.

TORONTO – A Canadian soldier, who died of an apparent suicide, was laid to rest in Truro, N.S. on Thursday.

Warrant Officer Michael Robert McNeil, 39, died at CFB Petawawa on Nov. 27.

McNeil’s younger brother said post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a problem that is not going to stop, but the risks need to be minimized.

“As much money as government is going to pour into this, it’s not going to stop. What we can do is make more people aware, more families going through the same thing we are going through to talk to these soldiers, know their jobs aren’t in jeopardy and we’re here for them,” said Kevin McNeil before his brother’s funeral today.

Military personnel, politicians and Canadians everywhere…

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