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Returning to civilian life can be a battle for vets Cockrell House helps struggling veterans with transition from military Kyle Wells News staff

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Framed by the rifle of a silent sentry standing watch, Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin prepares to lay a wreath at the cenotaph during Remembrance Day 2011 ceremonies at the legislature. Memorial events are happening around the region on Sunday. See Page 5 for a full list of times and locations.

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After nearly 27 years in the Canadian Army and five years into her civilian life, Terri Orser came to live at Cockrell House last year when she could no longer keep up with mortgage payments. Now, as resident, co-director, secretary and “den mother” of Cockrell House, the former Warrant Officer in the Canadian Army spends her time trying to help others while tending to her own challenges. The large pink house on Sooke Road in Colwood might look like any average multi-unit residence, but inside Cockrell House are former military personnel trying to put back together lives that have gone off the tracks since returning to civilian life. With space for 11 people in five self-contained units, the house is there for homeless veterans who need help getting off the street. Since opening in 2009, Cockrell House has assisted more than two dozen people. Veterans stay anywhere from a couple of weeks to a maximum three years. While not all who pass through the home’s doors get better, Orser said the vast majority manage to improve their lot. “One guy who lives upstairs now said it’s like being in a palace,” she said. “It’s beautifully set up. And I think they feel safe.” Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common ailment among the residents of Cockrell House. After tours in the Gulf War, the for-

mer Yugoslavia and South Africa, Orser received a medical release from the military. Among other health concerns, Orser suffers from PTSD, having been diagnosed in 1999. It all started with anxiety attacks and an inability to sleep. She also felt a desire for isolation, a symptom marked by an inability to cope with other people or dayto-day life. Orser said the day came when she went to put her combat uniform on and she started shaking. It was then she went to see a doctor. “At that time I wouldn’t have wished it on my worst enemy. It’s just horrible,” she said. “Back in ’99, you never admitted that. You’re the worst type of military person if you have PTSD. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with. And to admit it, that took me a long time. I didn’t tell anybody.” The disorder frequently leads to depression and in the most extreme cases, addiction or even suicide. While the majority of those who end up at Cockrell House are veterans in their 40s and 50s, Orser has had contact with veterans from the Second World War to people in their early 30s, and some spent limited time in the military. Cockrell resident Mike A., who asked to have his last name removed due to stigma, served in the Canadian Navy from 1978 to 1980. He was 17 years old when he joined and now describes the navy as a “breeding ground for alcoholics.” “I got booted for the drinking. No treatment was offered to me or any of that kind of stuff,” Mike said. “I don’t even know if it was available back then, it was just basically ‘you’re out.’” PLEASE SEE: Having few demands, Page A4

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Lilliana Lang, 4, holds a photo of her dad, Leading Seaman Andrew Lang as she sits in her home in Colwood with mom Cheantelle and 14-monthold sister Poet. Andrew Lang, a crew member on HMCS Regina, is on a long-term mission to the Arabian Sea.

It’s only right that every Nov. 11 we take the time to acknowledge the many men and women who serve our country, sometimes in places so remote that we’d be hard pressed to find them on a map. Yet we tend to forget that behind each of those courageous military personnel are loved ones who are left behind, maintaining the foundations of home and family upon which the courage of the military is built. This is the story of two of those families. Q Q Q Cheantelle Fisher balances her 14-month-old daughter, Poet, on her knee. Lilliana, 4, is dressed in a Disney princess outfit and perched on the arm of the chair. Lilliana and Poet’s dad, Leading Seaman Andrew Fisher is deployed on HMCS Regina in the Gulf of Oman. He’s been gone since the beginning of July and none of the family knows exactly when he’ll be home. “Daddy’s coming home in March!” Lilliana announces confidently. Cheantelle smiles. “That the latest they’re back. If it’s sooner, it’ll be a bonus,” she says.

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That uncertainty is hard, as is the lack of communication. Skype isn’t possible and Andrew’s been allowed just one phone call since July. “There are whirlpools out where daddy is so they have to be careful,” Lilliana says, making circular motions with her arms. Cheantelle explains that Lilliana can’t really understand the risks. “We don’t want to scare her with talk about bad guys.” Still, there really isn’t time in the day to fret about those concerns. “People assume that when he’s deployed I just

keep going as a mom,” Cheantelle says. “I’m a mom, a dad, a cook, a teacher, a baby photographer, a chauffeur … I get to do everything. And I get to do that on my own.” A Military Family Resource Centre weekly program for the children of deployed personnel is a help, although the waiting list meant it took over two months to register. Lilliana has an on-ship photo that the centre staff found online. “That’s my daddy!” she proclaims as she holds up the paper. “See? he’s working really hard, but

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he’ll be home in March!” Cheantelle smiles and hugs her daughter. “Yes, he will,” she says. Q Q Q Catherine Pineda was 37 weeks into her first pregnancy when her husband, Master Corporal Elder Pineda, left for his first tour in Afghanistan. “He missed the birth of our daughter, Mataeya, so that was a little rough,” she says. Their little girl is four now and dad has

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Mataeya Pineda, 4, with mom, Catherine and one-year-old brother, Luka, puts a heart on a calendar that counts down the days until her dad, Elder, returns home to Colwood from a mission in Afghanistan. She’s gripping a pillow bearing her dad’s photo.

been away on a second year-long deployment to Afghanistan. It’s a tough age for Mataeya to have dad gone, Catherine says. “She understands that her daddy is gone, but had no concept about how long he’ll be gone.” The solution lies in a bag of stickers. “We counted out the stickers and each day she puts one on the calendar. When the bag is empty, it’s time for daddy to come back.” As of this writing only a few stickers remain and Mataeya is excited. Dad was scheduled to arrive home Nov. 3. Their son, Luka, was 2 months old when Elder was deployed. “Elder has never seen Luka walk,” Catherine says. Elder leads the “drive security team” in Afghanistan with the Canadian Army and that puts him out in the thick of action. “He’s seen a lot since he’s been over there,” Catherine says. “He’s had children the same age of ours blown up in front of him … its more action than people think. “We’re in a non-combat role, right?” she adds, laughing at the irony of the statement. Although they talk often, Catherine is careful to keep home problems to herself. “I never go anywhere (in the conversation) that might make him worry. If something happened because he was distracted with things at home … We both sort of walk on eggshells. I tell him to keep his head in the game and come home.” Catherine holds up a letter with the number “29” neatly printed on the envelope. Before he left, Elder wrote a series of letters and left them with a neighbour. “When I’ve been really down, one will get delivered here,” she says. On this day she finds a VISA gift card inside and a handwritten note in which Elder asks her to buy something, “just for herself.” Catherine smiles. “We’ll be here when he comes back.” reporter@vicnews.com

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Since then, Mike has struggled with alcoholism. Today he has stable housing, is going to treatment seven days a week and is trying to get his life back on track. He said living independently and looking after himself is a struggle, but he’s glad to have a place to stay. “It’s not going perfect, but I’m trying,” he said. “It can be a struggle. I am very, very grateful to be here, I’ll tell you that.” Orser and company try to make the transition simple for new residents at Cockrell House. “Normally when people first come here, there’s no demands. Just get yourself situated and relaxed,” she said. “One veteran on the street is too many, after (their service to) our country.” Donations provide most of the funding for the home. They include funds from the Legion Foundation, the City of Colwood and other agencies, businesses and individuals. Kyle Wells/News staff There are plans in the works for expanding Cockrell House. Terri Orser stands in front of Cockrell House in Organizers want to be able to Colwood. She is both co-director and a resident of provide more individual units, the agency that houses homeless veterans. as well as better support for veterans transitioning from Cockrell House to or give@legionbcyukon.ca. more permanent housing. For more information, email director Anyone interested in donating furniture Angus Stanfield at angusstanfield@shaw.ca. or other household items can contact Anybody who is a veteran or knows a vetOrser at 250-888-2653 or by email at sweet- eran who needs assistance can also contact pea10301@shaw.ca. To donate money con- Cockrell House. tact the Legion Foundation at 604-736-8166 kwells@goldstreamgazette.com

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War casualties, veterans honoured Communities across Greater Victoria have Remembrance Day traditions. Here’s a list of ceremonies happening Nov. 11: Victoria – 10:30 a.m. Parade from Visitor’s Centre on Wharf Street to the Cenotaph on the grounds of the Legislature. Saanich – 11 a.m. Municipal Hall, 770 Vernon Ave. Oak Bay – 11 a.m. Oak Bay Memorial Cenotaph, in Uplands Park in the 2800block of Beach Dr. Central Saanich – 11 a.m., Municipal hall, 1903 Mount Newton Cross Rd. Metchosin – 10:45 a.m. Scouts and Girl Guides of Canada march from the Metchosin fire hall to the

cenotaph at St. Mary the Virgin Church, 4354 Metchosin Rd. Esquimalt – 10:30 a.m. Parade from the Esquimalt Legion to Memorial Park cenotaph, 1229 Esquimalt Rd. Langford – 10:35 a.m., Parade from Langford Legion to Veterans Memorial Park, Veterans Memorial Parkway and Goldstream Avenue. Sidney – 11 a.m., Cenotaph in front of town hall, 2440 Sidney Ave. God’s Acre veterans cemetery – Public historical tour happens at 2 p.m. Road access to cemetery is at 1200 Colville Rd. in Esquimalt.

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At that time in Victoria was a chap by name of Capt. Henry Seymour-Biggs a retired Royal Navy man. Apparently he had connections with someone in the Royal Air Force. He set up an office on Government Street in Victoria and eager young lads flocked to see him. If he accepted you, he then made all of the arrangements for you to get to England and to be met there by an RAF recruiting officer and taken in hand. One had to pay their own fare to England of course, but Biggs had arranged a very special price. Also, once he had accepted you, he then made all of the arrangements to get your passport and arrange the passage. By wars-end Biggs had assisted about 700 keen young Canadians to do so. I wrote, published and sold-out a book titled The Biggs’ Boys, some years ago. My fare from Victoria and by train across the United States and up to Montreal, and then passage to England, was approximately $135. That was a huge sum in those days of the Depression. If one did manage to get a job, a very good salary was $100 per month. My only income was about $12 a month from a paper route, all of which went into the family coffers. Mom gave me about 20 cents on a weekend to go to Ken Stofer, India 1942 the old Romano Theatre in Victoria where a matinee was about 10 cents, a chocolate bar 5 cents and a bottle of pop also 5 cents. So you can see I had my work cut out for me to earn $135 for a fare to England. However, I started to save what I could, getting odd jobs digging for farmers and picking various seasonal crops. I even got a job for a few weeks at the University School spreading soil by shovel over their huge soccer field. This earned me $2 per day. It was all very slow going and then finally one day at supper time - and a day I will never ever forget - my parents had cashed in a small insurance on my life and presented me with the rest of the fare for my trip. What a sacrifice knowing they were sending their youngest son off to war.

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Nursing Sister Christina Campbell In 1915, Christina Campbell enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps as a nurse (nursing sister), with the rank of lieutenant. She had trained and worked at the Jubilee Hospital. After nursing troops in Salonika and England, she signed up for hospital ship duty. She died when the hospital ship Llandovery Castle was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1918. All 14 nurses on board drowned. A total of 234 lives were lost, mostly wounded soldiers.

Private Roy Wolfe, POW Captured by the Germans at age 19 in May 1915 at the 2nd battle of Ypres, Private Roy Wolfe spent almost the entire rest of the war as a prisoner of war at various camps in Germany. With the support of the Red Cross and volunteer contributions from Victoria, he survived the hardships of the camps until Nov. 7, 1918, when he died of a lung infection (possibly the Spanish flu). He is buried in Germany.

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Ruth Tredgett After two years with RCAF in Alberta, Ruth was sent to London in 1944. She recalls the German rockets as a constant threat and she had some close calls, but Victory Day saw her at Buckingham Palace celebrating with thousands of people. Returning to Canada via Halifax, the Canadian Women’s Division personnel were greeted by Princess Alice to welcome them home. - Submitted with love and respect from her grateful children, Cathy and John.

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John Douglas Haig – Flight Lieutenant, D.F.C., was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross and this is how the citation read: -“This officer has completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.” Born in Winnipeg, Mr Haig left his job at the Canadian Bank of Commerce to enlist with the R.C.A.F. in 1941. He successfully completed a large number of operational bombing sorties as captain of aircraft. Mr. Haig, recounts this story; “We were heading back after a very difficult night mission – this bombing mission was over northern Germany, on the border of Russia...and precariously close to an enemy POW camp, housing allied soldiers. We had to be exact, and we were...but at a cost. Not all the aircraft returned safely, and our navigator was hurt and unconscious. With one engine burnt out, the very dark- 5 hour flight back to England was quite distressing. As we flew over the English Channel, we eventually got radio contact and asked for assistance – “”this is Lancaster, the best aircraft in the world...but we are lost!”” Much to our relief, the base command was able to guide us safely towards the White Cliffs of Dover.” Mr. Haig’s reliability and judgement and his courage and devotion to duty in action were of the very highest of order.

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Charles Veness Seventeen infantry battalions were raised in British Columbia to serve overseas in the Great War and seven of those are perpetuated by the Regiment today. Three of the Regiment’s battalions became part of the order of battle of the Canadian Corps, while the remainder were broken up as reinforcements. Those forming part of the Corps included the 7th, 29th and 102nd Battalions. The 102nd (North British Columbia) Battalion, raised at Comox in December 1915, had an initial strength of 1,005 officers and men. The Battalion was known as “Warden’s Warriors” after its first CO, LieutenantColonel Warden. Warden had served in the DCORs and enlisted in the 7th Battalion. Wounded at 2nd Ypres he returned to Canada, was

Charles Veness (right) a Colwood resident and teamster, served with the 102nd Battalion (Warden’s Warriors) a renowned WW1 unit that trained in Comox.

promoted to LieutenantColonel, and raised the 102nd Battalion from volunteers in northern British Columbia. Arriving in France on Aug. 12 1916 the Battalion received its “baptism of fire” on the Somme. The 102nd served with distinction and great sacrifice throughout the remainder of the war, notably during the Final 100 Days campaign. Of the 3,863 officers and men who served in the Battalion 676 gave their lives and 1,715 were wounded. The soldiers of the Battalion earned 287 decorations for gallantry; among them was a Victoria Cross

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Jack, Gerald and Frederick Peters

Nursing Sister Gladys Wake

Emerson Smith Emerson Smith of Victoria, B.C. joined the Canadian Army in 1914, rising to rank of Captain. Transferring to the British Royal Flying Corps early in 1916, he took on the rank of Lieutenant. He earned official status as a British Ace by downing at least seven German aircraft. On October 17, 1917 he was shot down behind enemy lines by the “Red Baron” von Richthofen after shooting down the Baron’s “Ace” Herman Goering, the future Luftwaffe Commander. Both pilots survived with Smith a prisoner till war’s end.

Emerson Smith in German Prisoner of War Camp (1917-18)

On the Peters’ marker in Ross Bay Cemetery, Jack and Gerald Peters are remembered with memorial inscriptions. Jack was killed in action in April 1915 and his brother Gerald was killed in action in July 1916. Their bodies were never found. Brother Frederick, in the navy, survived the war. He won the Victoria Cross in World War II as a navy captain but died on a flight back to Britain from North Africa. His body was never found.

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Gladys Wake trained at the Jubilee Hospital. She enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps as a nurse (nursing sister), with the rank of lieutenant, and nursed at Salonika, Greece, and the Western Front. She was killed in a German bombing raid on the No. 1 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, France, on May 19, 1918. She is buried in the Commonwealth war graves cemetery there. Mount Wake, here in B.C., is named after her.

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