Fixed-income B.C. veterans struggle to find affordable health services

For veteran Butch Boucher, the hardest part about serving off the coast of Somalia was the unknown. He was part of a navy crew escorting UN food shipments to the mainland, ensuring deliveries weren’t intercepted by pirates.

“I was tasked to supervise a team of seven people who were gathering intelligence to know which harbours were safe, where the pirates were operating, what ships they held hostage.”

The threat of hijackings and abductions always loomed as hundreds of vessels were attacked in the region during the year he served.

“I didn’t come back from that trip the same person.”

Boucher, 59, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after returning home. His wife, Theresa, also a military veteran of 10 years, suffers from

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