Military — According to Veterans Affaires Canada (2016), 14,372 veterans suffer from operational related PTSI(D) — including war-service Veterans and peacekeeping forces, not less than 10%.  From this number, 3,578 are related to service in Afghanistan, that’s at least 9% of the Canadian Armed Forces Afghanistan veterans. The Globe and Mail

First responders —  A 2012 study by psychiatric researchers in Brazil estimated that, worldwide, 10 per cent of emergency responders suffer from PTSD. That number was comparable to the rate among United States military personnel who had served in Iraq. It was much higher than rates among the general population of the countries that were studied — those rates varied between one per cent and 3.5 per cent.

In Canada, there is a growing movement to try to treat PTSD in emergency responders. British Columbia and Alberta have recently changed worker compensation laws to make PTSD a presumptive condition. That means emergency responders suffering from the disorder will be presumed to have it as a direct result of their jobs, making it easier to qualify for compensation and treatment.

The Ontario government has reintroduced a similar bill in the legislature and Manitoba appears ready to follow suit. Labour Minister Erna Braun has discussed the issue with the firefighters union and a report from the province’s Workers’ Compensation Board is expected this fall, according to Braun’s press secretary, Naline Rampersad. macleans.ca



AUDEAMUS is a bilingual, injured veteran-run not for profit organization dedicated to the principle of providing highly skilled and effective Certified service dogs to persons traumatized  in the line of duty (PTLD) and whose quality of life depend on them. These PTLDs generally suffer from PTSI, mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), Major Depression (MD), Diabetes, Seizures, Mobility or Hearing Impairment.  The service dog provided to them are the highest quality service dogs in the field.

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