Mike Cotts, Age 49

Michael Cotts | Sergeant Major, 4th Engineer Support Regiment, Canadian Armed Forces | Served in Kuwait, Somalia, Bosnia and Afghanistan | Received the following medals for his service: Kuwait Campaign Medal, Bosnia Campaign Medals, Somalia Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Peacekeeping Medal, Canadian Forces Decoration

In this vignette, Cotts shares two powerful and shocking memories from his military service in Coralici, Bosnia and Kabul, Afghanistan, which have left permanent imprints on his psyche. After serving six tours of duty in four countries on three continents, Cotts retired from military service. He credits his involvement with Soldier On and World T.E.A.M. Sports for helping his cope with and manage his PTSD.