Veteran with PTSD Helps Himself by Helping Others

Posted on 8th November 2016, by
Aubrey Francis prepares meal for guests at Manna cafe
When thoughts of horror and loss start to seep into his mind, Aubrey Francis focuses on the positive things in his life―volunteering and his faith. “Remembrance Day is hard for me,” says the 47-year-old. “While serving in the military I witnessed some of the most gut-wrenching things you could imagine. There was so much hate  […]

We Remember

Posted on 9th November 2015, by
Salvation Army war services and canteens for troops
On Remembrance Day, what will you and your family remember? Remembrance Day began in response to the terrible death toll of the First World War. Today, it is as much a tribute to those currently serving in uniform as it is to those who have lost their lives in combat. Every Remembrance Day, The Salvation  […]

Tea in the Trenches

Posted on 11th November 2013, by
To a young Canadian soldier caught up in the carnage of the First World War, The Salvation Army was a welcome sight. William “Bill” Clarke freely admits he is a bit of a packrat. “I come from a long line of hoarders,” he laughs. After years of procrastinating, his wife sent him down to the  […]

Margaret’s Story

Posted on 5th November 2012, by
“When I see that ship in the photo, I think to myself, Did my kids and I really cross the Atlantic to Canada in a convoy, dodging enemy submarines the whole way?” says Margaret Eaton, who still vividly remembers living through the Second World War. Margaret had never ventured too far from home, but this  […]
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Frontlines of Care

Posted on 7th November 2011, by
For more than 25 years, Gladys Osmond, has written as many as 1,000 letters of encouragement every month to members of the Canadian Armed Forces. “The connection to home and a ‘normal’ life, particularly in times of stress, violence and death, cannot be overestimated in value,” says General (Ret.) Rick Hillier, former Chief of the  […]
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A True Account from the Front Lines of World War 1

Posted on 7th November 2011, by
The services and sacrifices made by The Salvation Army during combat meant a great deal to the troops overseas. Salvation Army workers risked their own lives, in churned-up battlefields, to cook and provide comfort. “The Canadian Medical Officer asked the young wounded soldier, ‘Are you in much pain?’ “By the size of the gaping wound  […]
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Red or White Poppies?

Posted on 5th November 2010, by Salvation Army
A peace organization in Prince Edward Island is selling white poppies for Remembrance Day and the Royal Canadian Legion is upset. Peace activists claim the Remembrance Day poppies sold by veterans represents the nostalgia and romanticizing of war while veterans argue the white poppies tarnish the symbolic value of the red poppy. The red poppy  […]
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