remembering those lost to ptsd on remembrance day
Distributing meaningful journalism in new ways
The Globe's Renata D’Aliesio, Les Perreaux and Allan Maki spent months reaching out to the families of Canadian soldiers and vets who died by suicide after serving in Afghanistan. They profiled 31 in total. I encourage you to read the full series here.
Between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Remembrance Day, we shared a photo and brief profile of each soldier on The Globe's Instagram account, linking back to the longer profiles. The reaction from our Instagram audience was overwhelmingly positive.
You can see the full Instagram takeover by visiting @globeandmail
Captain Brad Elms Jan. 21, 1963 – Nov. 3, 2014 Age: 51 years old Hometown: London, Ont. Resided: Kingston Unit: Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre Headquarters, CFB Kingston Capt. Brad Elms had steely determination. A rock climber and marathon runner, he won the military’s version of the Ironman at the age of 29. The punishing race starts with a 32-kilometre run in combat boots and a 40-pound rucksack on the shoulders. He was “a pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get on with it” kind of man, recalled his wife, Sherri Elms. The couple had two children, Jake and Stephanie. The kids camped, hiked and went on runs with their dad when he wasn’t deployed. Capt. Elms would help his children with their essays, and always encouraged them to excel in and out of the classroom. Both have gone on to Queen’s University. At least 70 soldiers and vets died by suicide after deploying during the Afghanistan mission. Thirty-one families shared their stories, many of them for the first time, with The Globe and Mail’s Renata D’Aliesio, Les Perreaux and Allan Maki This is an excerpt from profiles at tgam.ca/weremember #weremember #Theunremembered