Friday, July 10, 2015
Harper's Army and the Final Betrayal of Cpl. Stuart Langridge
I've written several posts about the tragic story of Cpl. Stuart Langridge, who killed himself seven years ago after serving his country honourably in Bosnia and Afghanistan.
I told you how the military didn't accept that he was suffering from PTSD, they didn't treat his illness, they treated him like a cheater, until he finally hanged himself.
I also told you how they kept his suicide note from his parents for over a year, even though it was addressed to them.
And how his parents finally found out earlier this year that a secret military report had blamed him for what happened.
But this has to be the final betrayal.
Canada’s top general has personally written to the parents of a dead soldier to tell them their loved one’s suicide wasn’t the result of his military service and to suggest that the medals issued in the aftermath of the death weren’t deserved.
Lawson told the couple that a military board of inquiry concluded that the suicide of their son, Cpl. Stuart Langridge, in the barracks at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton wasn’t related to his service. In addition, because of that determination Lawson raised the issue in the June 22 letter about whether medals should have been awarded to the parents. The couple received Memorial Crosses and the Sacrifice Medal.
“Those medals were the only tiny bit of honour we had left from the military,” explained Sheila Fynes in an interview Tuesday. “Now they’ve said Stuart wasn’t worthy and we shouldn’t have the medals.”
And I have to admit that words fail me. I can't believe that anybody could be so callous. But I do believe his mother.
“It was about sticking in the knife even further to tell us about the medals,” she explained. “It’s payback. We created a lot of problems for the military because we wouldn’t go away and our case was high profile in the media.”
It's payback for having fought so hard and so long for their dead son, and other military families who like them have been treated so shabbily.
And all I can say is Lawson is due to retire soon, but if there was any justice he should be fired TOMORROW.
And of course repeat what I have been saying for a long long time.
Since this, and so many other horrible things, could only happen in Harper's Army...
And he corrupts everything he touches.
The day we take our country and our army back.
Can't come soon enough...
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