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Studies on transition from military to civilian life hurting, not helping current, former members of Armed Forces

By Gary Walbourne      

Whoever gets the job of pushing the boulder up the mountain after my tenure ends will be at parliamentary committees for many years to come, with the same, message I will be delivering yet again later this week.

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There have been numerous occasions during my tenure as Canada’s National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman when I felt like Sisyphus: that character in Greek mythology who was forced to push a boulder up a mountain only to have it repeatedly roll back down and hit him. In the Canadian military, there is no boulder more stubborn to move than the process known as transition. Often referred to as, “transition to civilian life”—transition is, in theory, a

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