His heart and soul to help Veterans
On 18 July 2018, Adjudant ( Warrant) Luc Fortier received the Minister of Veteran Affairs Commendation, an award for a select few who contribute to the care and wellbeing of veterans.
Adj. Fortier, is an infantryman from the Royal 22e Regiment currently employed at 2 Wing as a Training Specialist. He served over 29 years and completed 8 tours over the course of his career. He is also currently the president of the Royal Canadian legion Branch 235 Chicoutimi and of the Saguenay/ LacSaint- Jean Veterans UN/ NATO group.
Adj. Fortier, like many others in the military, suffers from Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder ( PTSD). Through services offered and peer support, he was able to overcome the worst part of this horrible disorder. Afterwards he decided that he wanted to pay it forward and he assists others in similar circumstances.
Adj. Fortier stated that, “Veterans Affairs is open from 8 A. M. to 4 P. M. but if anyone needs help I am here for them from 4 P. M. to 8 A. M.” Fortier wants to ensure that he will continue to see his colleagues at work in future years to come.
In addition to the assistance he personally provides, the project he is currently working on aims to set up a reception center for people in distress in the Saguenay.
He also wants to create a self- help group, a bit like Alcoholics Anonymous for veterans who want to meet people with the same problems as they do.