A help­ing heart

New Truro res­i­dent fo­cus­ing on the less for­tu­nate

Truro Daily News - - Colchester County - BY LYNN CURWIN

Budd Hol­mans couldn’t un­der­stand why putting fuel in his car would set his heart rac­ing.

“I was in Cyprus for six months, right af­ter it was in­vaded by Turk­ish forces,” he re­called. “I was in a fox­hole with ar­tillery fall­ing around me.”

Years later, he now knows the episodes trig­gered while lling up his ve­hi­cle were re­lated to that ex­pe­ri­ence in Cyprus, in 1974.

“It was when I was at the op­er­a­tional stress and in­jury clinic that I con­nected things. When I was in the fox­hole it was near a gas sta­tion, and I could smell the fumes.”

Hol­mans was a mem­ber of the mil­i­tary po­lice. On more than one oc­ca­sion, he con­ducted con­ver­sa­tions with a gun pointed at him.

Hol­mans and his wife of 35 years, Anne, moved to Truro this fall and have be­gun vol­un­teer­ing with Up­per Room Mis­sion and Soul’s Har­bour Res­cue Mis­sion.

He’s spent 15 years in the mil­i­tary, be­fore he left. But the ex­pe­ri­ences changed Hol­mans.

“I was drink­ing ex­ces­sively, I was im­pa­tient and I had prob­lems with anger,” he said. “Anger would be over­flow­ing; it would be to­tally con­sum­ing.”

He also had trou­ble with his nerves when he heard re­works.

Hol­mans knew lit­tle of post­trau­matic stress dis­or­der (PTSD) at the time, and just gured he’d have to deal with things the best he could. He joined the re­serves and went on to hold other jobs, in­clud­ing sev­eral in se­cu­rity and one with Cor­rec­tions Canada. He’d be em­ployed for a while, but then would have to take time o to deal with his emo­tional state.

A rst mar­riage, then a sec­ond, both ended in di­vorce.

“When I look back now I can see how the e ects of PTSD went up and down.”

On at­tend­ing the op­er­a­tional stress and in­jury clinic, he took steps to im­prove his life.

“I at­tended (al­co­holics anony­mous) meet­ings, and that works well for some peo­ple, but it wasn’t for me,” he said. “I was able to con­quer al­co­hol by work­ing on the is­sues caus­ing the prob­lem.

“I take the fo­cus o of self by help­ing those less for­tu­nate. I op­er­ate from a per­spec­tive of love to­ward oth­ers. Faith is a big thing for me, but I don’t be­lieve in forc­ing it on any­one.”

Orig­i­nally from New­found­land, Hol­mans had been liv­ing in Al­berta for sev­eral years. A con­nec­tion with Terry Dry­den, pas­tor at Up­per Room Mis­sion, brought him to Truro.

“When I was here meet­ing with Terry, it just seemed I was get­ting mes­sages let­ting me know this is where I should be, so we moved.”


Budd Hol­mans re­cently moved to Truro to vol­un­teer with Up­per Room Mis­sion and Soul’s Har­bour. He strug­gled with sev­eral is­sues af­ter serv­ing with the mil­i­tary in Cyprus.

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