A Matter of Pride
A member was being medically released after being diagnosed with PTSD as a result of heroic measures she engaged in as part of her duty. Despite her injuries in a helicopter crash during peacekeeping service, the member was instrumental in saving the lives of others aboard the helicopter. For these outstanding actions, she received the Medal of Bravery.
Because of her dedication to the Forces, the member felt justified in asking for a short delay in her release so that she could achieve a significant personal milestone – twenty years of service. Though there were no additional financial or other benefits associated with reaching this milestone, the member still wanted to complete the next few months. Her request was denied.
Subsequently, the circumstances surrounding the release were brought to the Office by both the member’s caregiver and a senior non-commissioned member of the CF, with an appeal for help. In the opinion of the member’s caregiver, the sense of pride and accomplishment gained by completing twenty years of service was an important psychological concern.
The member appealed several times, as did the caregiver and other serving members in the chain of command. The CF administration, interpreting the regulations in accordance with existing policy, stood firm and ruled that the release date would not be changed. They were concerned that a precedent would be set and many others would begin requesting extensions to release dates for less valid reasons.
The Office was able, with the help of the caregiver and the senior non-commissioned member, to bring this case to the attention of the ADM (HR-Mil). He quickly recognized the importance of this request and directed that the extension of service be granted.