“While I deployed, my parents let me talk, share what I wanted to share, just told me over and over again that they loved me and were proud of me, and didn’t ask too many questions. They took care of each other as best they could, and never burdened me by asking me to explain or convince them of anything.” –a soldier’s comments on his parents’ support.
Every year on Remembrance Day, a mother of a fallen soldier is rightly honoured for her sacrifice for the country. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to have a son or daughter head off to war knowing they might be injured or die in battle.
Once again our young men and women are going to war. Canada has recently deployed a fleet of nine Royal Canadian Air Force planes and 600 military personnel to Kuwait to join the US-led war on the Islamic State (ISIL). Dozens of Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) Special Forces have also been deployed to northern Iraq.
Many parents are left searching for ways to support their child.
One young soldier, who wishes to remain anonymous, provided me with some insightful comments on the type of parental support he needed. He deployed to Afghanistan twice, at 23 and then again at 25. He emphasized that his opinions are his own and in no way represent those of Canadian government.