Amid Remembrance Day ceremonies, UN and NATO veterans offer reminder that help is available

As thousands gathered Monday for a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Grand Parade in Halifax, their numbers included veterans of United Nations and NATO missions present as a reminder support is available to those still suffering from war trauma.

Artillery occasionally boomed from nearby Citadel Hill as Silver Cross mother Anne Snyder, whose son Jonathan Snyder died in an accident during the Afghanistan war, laid a wreath in his memory.

As the wreath was brought before the cenotaph, Angus (Gus) Cameron, an advocate for veterans, stood at attention with other veterans who served in UN- and NATO-sanctioned operations ranging from the Korean War to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

The 57-year-old veteran said he comes to the ceremony each year to pay his respects and also to remind any veterans who may be suffering that his group is present to provide fellowship and to make suggestions for mental health help.

The regional representative for Veterans of United Nations and NATO said young men and women have “seen some pretty terrible things” in a variety of wars and may suffer from hidden damage that his group can help with.

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