Inquest Shows How Veterans Affairs’ Cutbacks, Bureaucratic Hurdles Derailed Lionel …

Lionel Desmond (far proper) was a part of the 2nd battalion, of the Royal Canadian Regiment, primarily based at CFB Gagetown and proven on this 2007 handout photograph taken in Panjwai district in between patrol base Wilson and Masum Ghar in Afghanistan.

The Canadian Press

Afghanistan warfare veteran Lionel Desmond was holed up in his home having fleeting homicidal ideas and binge ingesting beer alone to deal with extreme post-traumatic stress dysfunction and despair when he made the primary determined name for assist to Veterans Affairs Canada.

He had simply been launched from the navy in the summertime of 2015, and a Veterans Affairs case supervisor was supposed to assist him co-ordinate the transition to civilian life and join him with the assist and care he wanted, however nobody had contacted him. After 5 months and a number of other extra calls and not using a response, Mathieu Murgatroyd, a scientific psychologist who was treating Mr. Desmond on the Operational Stress Clinic in Fredericton, referred to as VAC on his behalf. Dr. Murgatroyd instructed a coroner’s inquest earlier this 12 months that he had been involved that Mr. Desmond was turning into unstable and wanted co-ordinated assist. A case supervisor made a name to Mr. Desmond the following day, but it surely took a month for them to really join.

On Jan. 3, 2017, the previous corporal shot and killed his younger daughter, spouse, mom and himself within the small rural group of Higher Massive Tracadie in rural Nova Scotia.

Within the years because the triple murder-suicide,

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