What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?
The most rewarding aspect for me working with the Veteran’s community and the families is really the dedication to service that I see. I have not served in the military myself, but working with Veterans and their spouses. We haven’t worked a lot with the kids but the family serves alongside the Veterans and it’s really that notion of sacrificing self for the greater good. I find that quality just so rewarding both as a researcher and a clinician working within that community.
What advice would you give to those who would like to help but don't know where to start?
I would definitely say that if you want to help the veterans, veterans’ community and their families is commit to get involved. My experience is that some people try to get involved and don’t stay involved. People come and go all the time. You know, there’s a lot of different venues: if you are a researcher, there’s the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research Forum every year, there’s your local Legions, there’s Wounded Warriors Canada that has been a huge support to the work that I have done. Call them up. Ask for volunteer opportunities and commit to be involved for longer than maybe you think. And if you get involved, and stay involved, then you’ll become part of the community and you can really start to do some good.
Thank you Dr. Timothy Black!