Phil Badanai

In 1994, Phil Badanai 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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Vanessa Larter

Captain Vanessa Larter, from PEI, enrolled in the CAF as a Medical Technician in 2002. A highly-skilled combat medic, she served two 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 to 2016 with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Shilo, Manitoba. Daniel was deployed on a combat tour to Afghanistan in 2008 and later served in the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit.

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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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Jurgen Rudolph

Jurgen served four years in the Canadian Armed Forces, all in the storied 2nd battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Most of Jurgen’s four years was spent deployed overseas. The last two years of his service were spent in Reconnaissance (Recce) Platoon.

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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 travelled to Wainwright, Alberta for a training exercise. The MLVW truck he was a 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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SERVICES & RESOURCES

 

Phil Badanai

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. It got hit 54 times. Phil was shot twice and his partner was shot seven times.

 

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 his wounded buddy. At the time, all Phil was really thinking about was getting to the medical station. 

 

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 Mike's friends were killed instantly from the blast. Mike suffered not only physically but psychologically.

 

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 two 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 Captain Nichola Goddard was killed in action (KIA); and The White School where four 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 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 a combat tour to Afghanistan in 2008 and later served in the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit (provides a rapid chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear response for special operations missions) until his retirement.

Rob Martin

Rob Martin 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.

Rob was medically released from the Canadian Forces in 2010 following two tours in Afghanistan (2002 and 2008-09). Ten years into his healing journey, Rob can truly say that he is blessed by his injury. He has found his life’s higher purpose; the one that he lost upon release.

Today, Rob is an undergraduate student at Carleton University’s College of the Humanities and he love's it there. Furthermore, Rob volunteers as a peer mentor/guide at Project Trauma Support, with Heroes Mending on the Fly Canada, and with his local Civitan International Service Club. His life, post PTSD, is fantastic.

Jurgen Rudolph

Jurgen served four years in the Canadian Armed Forces, all in the storied 2nd battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.

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 at least 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 their bread and butter is 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 travelled 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 relearned how to walk again; just one of the many things he had to reteach 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.