Phil Badani

In 1994, Phil Badani at the age of 21, was deployed on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Croatia. At that time, Croatia was one of the world’s hottest battle zones. On December 31, 1994, Phil and his partner got ambushed by 25 Serbian soldiers.

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Mike Briggs

Mike Briggs enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in May 1986 at 18 years of age. In 1988, while training for Combat Engineer Training Officer Phase 2 at CFB Chilliwack, Mike would survive the worst training accident in Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering history.

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Janaya Hansen

Captain (Retired) Mary Ann Barber is a passionate healer who has saved countless lives all while working in conditions that would send many of us running for cover. On this episode of For Her Country, Mary Ann shares her journey and words of wisdom for self-care and healing.

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Vanessa Larter

Captain Vanessa Larter, from PEI, enrolled in the CAF as a Medical Technician in 2002. A highly-skilled combat medic, she served 2 tours of duty in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2006 and 2008 with the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI).

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Daniel Marsh

Daniel served in the Canadian Armed Forces from 2005-2016 with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Shilo Manitoba. Daniel was deployed on combat tour to Afghanistan in 2008 and later served in the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit.

Rob Martin

Rob is a retired soldier with 34 years of Canadian Army service. He lives with his wife Dale on the beautiful Clyde River in the Lanark Highlands, west of Ottawa. He was medically released from the Canadian Forces in 2010 following two tours in Afghanistan.

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Jay McArthur

In this episode we dive into what it is like to be one of the first female Field Artillery Officers and the challenges when change is introduced from the top down. We also learn how her experience shaped her leadership style in her career.

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Jurgen Rudolph

Most of Jurgen’s four years was spent deployed overseas. The last two years of his service were spent in Reconnaissance (Recce) Platoon. To get into the Recce Platoon he had to have the first two years of service before he was considered. Recce is the last of the support platoons left in the infantry battalion and was a good place to be.

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Mark Spiteri

In this episode we dive into what it is like to be one of the first female Field Artillery Officers and the challenges when change is introduced from the top down. We also learn how her experience shaped her leadership style in her career.

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Jeff Virgo

Jeff decided to join the Canadian Armed Forces right out of high school. While serving as a Private in the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry as a Long Range Patrol at an Armed Forces base in Alberta in 2004, his group, while travelling to Wainwright, Alberta for a training exercise, the MLVW truck he was passenger in was involved in a motor vehicle accident.

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Ingrid Walker

Captain Walker joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1998 as a Maritime Surface Warfare Officer, certifying as a bridge watchkeeping officer, vessel boarding/search/seizure officer, warfare air control officer, communications officer, and small craft commanding officer.

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Peter Winfield

In this episode we dive into what it is like to be one of the first female Field Artillery Officers and the challenges when change is introduced from the top down. We also learn how her experience shaped her leadership style in her career.

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SERVICES & RESOURCES

 

Phil Badani

In 1994, Phil Badani at the age of 21, was deployed on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Croatia. At that time, Croatia was one of the world’s hottest battle zones. On December 31, 1994, Phil and his partner got ambushed by 25 Serbian soldiers.

The Serbian soldiers opened fire on the Jeep Phil was driving got hit fifty-four times. Phil got shot twice and his partner had been shot seven times, with four in the back of head. 

 

With two tires blown out, Phil drove 20 kilometres which took a half an hour to reach the nearest medical station, all the while trying to help my wounded buddy. His ear was hanging about an inch-and-a-half from his head. At the time, all Phil was really thinking about was getting to the medical station as holding his partners ear to his head.

 

Both soldiers survived and the bullet-riddled jeep ended up in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Phil has gone on to compete in the 2017 Invictus Games and continues to help his fellow brothers. 

Mike Briggs

 

Mike Briggs enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in May 1986 at 18 years of age. 

 

In 1988, while training for Combat Engineer Training Officer Phase 2 at CFB Chilliwack, Mike would survive the worst training accident in Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering history. 

 

On June 20th, 60 pounds of explosives detonated prematurely all around a team of 29 students creating a crater two metres deep and four metres wide. Six of Mikes friends where killed instantly from the blast. Mike suffered not only physically but also physiologically.

 

Mike has gone on to a fulfilling life and sports are a key part of his recovery.

Vanessa Larter

Captain Vanessa Larter, from PEI, enrolled in the CAF as a Medical Technician in 2002. A highly-skilled combat medic, she served 2 tours of duty in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2006 and 2008 with the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI).

Of note she was involved in the Battle of Panjwaii, where Capt Nichola Goddard was killed in action (KIA), and The White School where 4 Patricia’s were KIA and many wounded. Despite numerous fire fights, IEDs and the task of conducting assessments of Kandahar’s prisons, hospitals and schools, Larter always dedicated any spare minute to her fellow soldiers around the clock. Captain Larter accepted an offer to commission from the ranks and continues to serve as a Physician Assistant at CFB Borden.

She takes pride in “moving pain to purpose” by dedicating her time to assist soldiers and veterans to access appropriate multifaceted care and join social activities, enabling them to regain and maintain a quality of life they so much deserve.”

Daniel Marsh

Daniel served in the Canadian Armed Forces from 2005-2016 with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Shilo Manitoba.

Daniel was deployed on combat tour to Afghanistan in 2008 and later served in the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit which provides a rapid chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear response for special operations missions until his retirement.

Rob Martin

Hi, I’m Rob Martin! I’m a retired soldier—34 years of Canadian Army service—living with my wife Dale on the beautiful Clyde River in the Lanark Highlands, west of Ottawa.

I was medically released from the Canadian Forces in 2010 following two tours in Afghanistan (2002; 2008/09). Ten years on in my terrible/marvellous healing journey I can truly say that I am blessed by my injury. I have found my life’s higher purpose, the one that I lost upon release.

Today I am an undergraduate student at Carleton University’s College of the Humanities—I love it there! Furthermore, I volunteer as a peer mentor/guide at Project Trauma Support, with Heroes amending on the Fly Canada, and with our local Civitan International Service Club. My life, post Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is fantastic!

Jurgen Rudolph

Most of Jurgen’s four years was spent deployed overseas. The last two years of his service were spent in Reconnaissance (Recce) Platoon. To get into the Recce Platoon he had to have the first two years of service before being considered. Recce is the last of the support platoons left in the infantry battalion and was a good place to be.

Since his retirement, Jurgen has transitioned his skills from the military, especially working in small teams, to the world of investment advice. He is currently collaborating with a team of financial planners. Although they do the bread and butter investing and planning they have a specialty in building charitable giving accounts.

In his spare time, Jurgen co-hosts a podcast called ‘the 158’ honouring the 158, and many more since, fallen soldiers in Afghanistan.

Jeff Virgo

Jeff decided to join the Canadian Armed Forces right out of high school.

While serving as a Private in the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Long Range Patrol at an Armed Forces base in Alberta in 2004, his group, while travelling to Wainwright, Alberta for a training exercise, the MLVW truck he was a passenger in was involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Jeff suffered incomplete spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis. It was a very long recovery process but with support of his unit, friends, and family he re-learned how to walk again, just one of the many things he had to re-teach himself.

Jeff is a key ambassador for True Patriot Love and the sport of golf is key to his recovery.

Ingrid Walker

Captain Walker joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1998 as a Maritime Surface Warfare Officer, certifying as a bridge watchkeeping officer, vessel boarding/search/seizure officer, warfare air control officer, communications officer, and small craft commanding officer.

Ingrid shifted careers in 2012 where she trained as an Air Weapons Control Officer. In 2016, she joined the Intelligence Corps within the RCAF. Captain Walker has deployed to the Persian Gulf (2002/03), Haiti(2010/11), Afghanistan(2012/13), and Mali(2018 and again in 2019) during her career.

Captain Walker was injured during service in Afghanistan. Sports and outdoor activities (hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, road cycling, golf, hockey, downhill skiing, ski touring) have been key components of her recovery from debilitating mental health injuries. When she’s not pursuing an active lifestyle, she spends time reading, learning guitar and generally getting into mischief with her friends.