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Statement from the Minister of National Defence

Alongside Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff, I am pleased to present to you Stigma, the first instalment in a series created to demonstrate that help is available to the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces. Within this series you’ll find compelling testimonies from men and women in uniform with an important message: Help is available and coming forward for treatment is an essential, positive step.

We are all proud of the men and women who courageously shared their personal stories in this video. By doing so, I hope they encourage those of you needing help to come forward with confidence– the confidence of knowing that accessing your health care providers will have a positive effect on your personal well-being.

I also thank Rick Mercer and Guy Lafleur for agreeing to join us in creating this important initiative for the Canadian Armed Forces.

As the Minister of National Defence, your health is an important priority of mine. You have made us proud by serving our country, and our Government is working hard to make sure you receive the support that you might require. I encourage you to reflect on the positive experiences of these courageous men and women and, if needed, to take advantage of the excellent medical care available to you.

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