Like so many little brothers in the world, choosing to follow in your big brother’s footsteps is what you do. Those ‘big brother’ footsteps are how Major Retired Jay Feyko found his way into the Canadian Armed Forces.
Jay was part of the first wave of soldiers into Afghanistan where he was injured in an IED incident which cost him his vision in his right eye among other injuries. To compound matters, at the time in 2003/2004, locating and enrolling in services was not easy with the information scattered all over. Through trial and error, Jay was able to access what he needed and that experience has served him well with Soldier On where he is now the Senior Manager.
From their website – www.soldieron.ca: “Soldier On is a Canadian Armed Forces program that supports serving members and veterans to overcome their physical or mental health illness or injury through physical activity and sport. The program is a highly visible and integral component of the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces’ commitment and priority towards providing a comprehensive approach to care for ill and injured members.” The program started in 2007 and, so far, has provided over 2,000 soldiers with supportive programming and services.
Becoming active can be one of the first steps in recovery and Jay’s philosophy is living proof of that. In this Invictus Games Radio episode we follow Jay’s journey from service to injury to recovery and beyond. Inspiring to say the least.
For more information on Soldier On, please visit their website.