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diagnosis AFGHANISTAN – JULY 12: Canadian Forces Captain David Coker of Kanwata, Ontario, examines a soldier that was wounded by an IED blast at the Kandahar Role 3 Hospital July 12, 2010 at Kandahar Air Field in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)” width=”458″ height=”319″ /> KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN – JULY 12: Canadian Forces Captain David Coker of Kanwata, Ontario, examines a soldier that was wounded by an IED blast at the Kandahar Role 3 Hospital July 12, 2010 at Kandahar Air Field in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Toronto, Ontario — Major David Coker says being a Medical Officer in the Canadian Army has given him experiences that wouldn’t have been available anywhere else.

Being a trauma team leader at Afghanistan’s Kandahar Air Field in 2010 was, the physician explains, not a glamorous experience, but still a rewarding and a positive one.

It was certainly challenging, don’t get me wrong. I was scared and stressed as anyone would be when I started for sure, but then as I worked with the team, you know, we got really good at it very quickly. It’s all about the teamwork. That type of experience is unique to the military.

The health of soldiers is not going to stop being something that will need to be addressed,” Maj Coker says of the Army’s ongoing need for Medical Officers. “As we learn more and more about mental health, that is certainly an issue that will continue to need to be addressed, so recruiting more doctors is something that needs to be done.

Maj Coker, who plans to remain in the military, says he was driven to join by a desire to serve that comes from a strong family tradition.

Both my grandfathers were military. One was in the Canadian Army and one was in the Royal Canadian Navy and both served in the Second World War. I’m a proud Canadian; I love our country and I think the forces are our representation of that abroad.

Prior to becoming an Army doctor, Maj Coker first earned a degree in chemical and materials engineering through the Royal Military College in Kingston. Though he was impressed by the College’s blend of academics, physical fitness and leadership training, Maj Coker wasn’t initially certain the military life would be a good personal fit. But he successfully completed a trial semester, later graduated near the top of his class and joined the Army as an Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (EME) Officer.

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By: Denise Houghtaling

This is my grandson Beau. Less than a month ago was his 8th birthday. His parents Arlette Bransfield and James Walker bought him a brand new bike. Not even a week or 2 later it was stolen right out of their driveway. A policemen was patrolling the neighborhood the last few days in Gator Circle and since Beau wants to be a cop he ran up to him and was talking to him. He told the officer what happened. And today THIS HAPPENED. The officers pulled their own money together and came today and brought Beau a brand new bike. This just made me cry with joy and love. This is how we need to see policemen. These are the stories that need to be spread. They protect our families and neighborhoods each and every day with little thanks and we need to raise them up and support them. #lawandorder. CAPE CORAL POLICEMEN AND WOMEN YOU ROCK!!! Please share. Let’s support the men and women in Blue throughout the United States of America. God bless.

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