Over the decade from 2001 to 2011, nearly 40,000 soldiers served in Canada's largest military deployment since the Second World War - more than in Korea in the 1950s or the Balkans in the 1990s. Each had his or her own reasons for going to Afghanistan - and each returned changed, some for the better, some for the worse.
|Canadians teaching Afghan National Police our skills (the level of equipment we carry is a greatly compared in this pic.|
|Medical Team working with civilians and even the insurgents|
For many others, however, the battle didn't stop with the official end of the combat mission. Mentally scarred and physically wounded, they have had to fight for benefits and assistance - or, alternatively, bear their pain and frustration alone.