Master Corporal Jody Mitic Soldier On
By Charles Pallett
This year the actions of one man, Master Corporal Jody Mitic, have helped to change Canadian perceptions concerning the war in Afghanistan and the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces personnel. In addition to this, he has also raised awareness about the urgent need for specialized rehab services for veterans of the war in Afghanistan. Corporal Mitic is an inspirational role model for all Canadians.
Corporal Mitic, a sniper from CFB Petawawa, lost both legs when he stepped on a landmine. After seven months of rehabilitation, Mitic attracted national media attention when he completed the half marathon at the Canada Army Run this September using two prosthetic legs. Mitic’s unbelievable accomplishment raised awareness for the veteran’s organization Soldier On. This program provides money for specialized equipment and participation in rehabilitation activities that help recovery.
By completing the 21 mile run along side many able bodied people, Mitic demonstrated ability not disability. His accomplishment was both a personal milestone on his journey back to health and a significant event that caused the military to change their attitudes concerning the ability of amputees to be considered “fit to serve”.
This year a record eleven thousand runners joined Corporal Mitic in the Army Run. Millions more learned of his dedication, perseverance and sense of duty through television and newspaper reports. The story of his difficult rehabilitation and perseverance during the 21-mile run gave Canadians a new perspective on the war and reminded every Canadian of the potential they have to overcome obstacles in their lives.
Master Corporal Mitic is an inspiration and role model for all Canadians. He has made a positive difference in our lives by reminding us of the sacrifices made by our troops, the need for rehabilitation programs for injured soldiers, and the potential that exists in all of us.