They stand for us, let’s stand with them

Ride with your Navy community and support soldiers and veterans like MCpl (Ret’d) Natacha Dupuis

MCpl (Retired) Natacha Dupuis was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after witnessing the death of two of her brothers in arms in Afghanistan.

“Upon my return home, I was in tatters, constantly reliving the incident, and I had nightmares, panic attacks, flashbacks,” she said.

She tried to recover through meditation, hypnosis and visualization.

“But the one that helped me most was physical exercise. And it was Soldier On that got me back into sport and training. The program gave me a good mountain bike, which helped me stay active, fend off isolation and have fun.”

“The other Soldier On participants have been a huge inspiration in my battle. I hold on to every little victory. Today, I am attending college, in the Security Management Program of La Cité in the hope of finding a new job I might be passionate about.”

Support our Troops needs your support to make more stories like this a reality.

By participating in the Navy Bike Ride, you Stand With Us. The women and men who serve our country face unique challenges, and so do their families.

Frequent absences from home, relocations and the risks associated with combat are part of military life, and can greatly affect Canadian Armed Forces members and their families.

CAF members have unique needs and challenges to overcome as a result. In some cases, it may mean financial hardships, for some it’s a toll on their mental health, and for others it may mean specific accommodations to deal with a special needs dependent, an illness, an injury or death.

Together we can ensure that these extraordinary women and men, and the military families who make sacrifices and carry the weight while their loved ones are away, receive the morale and wellness support they need.

Donations to Support our Troops go directly to programs that care for ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces soldiers and veterans, and contribute to empowering family resiliency.

Register for the Navy Bike Ride today to show your support.