Day: May 17, 2021

The disaster in Sarno
Military History, Military Milestones

The disaster in Sarno

The Canadian Armed Forces has garnered positive headlines in Canada for humanitarian aid work around the world, saving lives, providing food and shelter, and treating the ill and injured after great natural and man-made disasters. But sometimes the CAF’s less dramatic contributions go practically unnoticed in its own country. Such is the story of Operation Sarno in 1998. Throughout history, the landscape in the Campania region of Italy, near Naples, has been shaped by volcanic activity. Rivers of molten rock snaked across the land after eruptions. Volcanic gases seeped into groundwater, eating away at underground rocks and turning them to clay. Layer upon unstable layer of rock and lava debris built up through the millennia and were slowly covered by soil. Over a period of 10 hou...
Kyle Scott: The medals man
News

Kyle Scott: The medals man

Kyle Scott is an ex-combat engineer and Afghanistan veteran who has made acquiring medals for those who have earned them his labour of love. He is the go-to purveyor of medal acquisition services, probably the country’s most well-informed and efficient non-military volunteer to undertake the task of actually searching out veterans, identifying their eligibility and acquiring what they are due. His tally of applications and recipients has exceeded 350. “There’s nobody else doing this to the degree that Kyle is doing it,” said New Brunswick’s Gary Campbell, the Royal Canadian Legion’s national medals adviser. “He’s out there basically rooting and digging. He’s got notices out on various regimental associations’ Facebook pages and who knows where else. He’s very proactive. He’s dedicated...
Research on family matters
Military Health Matters

Research on family matters

In May, Canadians will be asked to fill in a census question important to every veteran and serving military member—and their families. “Has this person ever served in the Canadian military?” It’s been half a century since that question was last included in the census; things have changed a little.  Perhaps the biggest change has been an increased interest in how military service affects the families of serving members and veterans. That’s why mention of the 2021 census brought a round of applause at the online Military and Veteran Family Research symposium hosted by the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) in February.  This is a relatively new field of research, and knowledge gaps showed large right from the get-go. When pioneer researcher Deborah Norr...

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