Updated: Dec 22, 2021
Remembrance Day is an important day for Veterans as we perform in the ceremonies to remember those who have fallen and those who are still here … But for those with an OSI there comes a multitude of emotions for the entire month. Remembering those who are not there anymore, feeling guilty or emotional about the pain of attending the ceremony amongst a large grouping of people or guilt for not attending at all in order to avoid that pain, feeling emotions related to surviving when others did not, and a host of other reasons. The following article describes how many Veterans end up going through so many issues in November that many take a lot of time in October to steel themselves for the pain in November.
The effects of an OSI cause difficulty for those working to recover from it, especially during the month of November. Knowing this difficulty is not necessarily half the battle as opposed to what they used to say, knowing the problem is coming can be an opportunity to take action to deal with the coming emotions but for many it is a time that is dreaded. Many Veterans end up in crisis during this month be it a crisis of finances, emotions, relationships, or more. Dealing with this time of crisis can be helped by calling for help from any number of resources that are available: 24/7 Crisis / Suicide Hotline: 1-833-456-4566, contacting the Legion www.legion.ca, and there is of course the resources available through OSI-CAN.
Our mission is to inspire hope and contribute to the continuous well-being and recovery process of Veterans and Front Line Protectors across Canada.
We seek to empower and encourage them to strive for recovery through peer and professional support while creating greater public awareness.
We at OSI-CAN do not see PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Disorder, we see it as an Injury you can recover from. If you are suffering from the symptoms of an Occupational or Operational Stress Injury, then a PTSD or PTSI diagnosis is not required to get our help
The target demographic of OSI-CAN are but are not limited to: former and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Allied Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Frontline Protectors --- which include Municipal Police Services, CN Police Services, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection Services, Wildland Firefighters, Hospital Trauma personnel, Nurses, healthcare Workers, Social Workers, Animal Control Officers, Coroners, Indigenous Emergency Management, Victim Services Personnel, Emergency Communications Specialist, Corrections Officers, “Volunteer” First Responders, Conservation Officers, Aboriginal Emergency Services personnel, Tow Truck drivers who clean up accident scenes and their spouses/partners. This demographic was chosen due to the commonality of experiences they share through the service they provide to the country and community. We have a special interest and support volunteer first responders as they are not eligible for programs such as Workers' Compensation.