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Canadian Armed Forces soldiers marching at a public festival parade. (Photo credit: Dreamstime)

Doug Allen was born into a family of first responders and veterans. Serving in the military for 20 years was natural for him. Adjusting to civilian life was not.

“The experience, training and occupation of military members — in particular combat military members — does not translate well into the civilian world,” he says.

Allen, 49, served in the military from 1995 to 2015. He was deployed to Croatia and Afghanistan as a sergeant with the 2nd Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, and was stationed across Western Canada.

When he was medically discharged in 2015 due to post-traumatic stress disorder, he struggled to find work. It took him years to recover from his PTSD, he said.

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Meagan Gillmore is an Ottawa-based reporter with a decade of journalism experience. Meagan got her start as a general assignment reporter at The Yukon News. She has freelanced for the CBC, The Toronto...