Questions are being raised about the military’s failure to conclude 70 inquiries into soldier suicides, after three veterans of the war in Afghanistan were found dead in separate incidents this week.
National Defence identified the dead soldiers late Thursday as Warrant Officer Michael McNeil, a 19-year veteran with the Royal Canadian Regiment based out of Canadian Forces Base Petawawa in Ontario; Master Cpl. William Elliott, a decorated veteran with the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry out of CFB Shilo, Man.; and Master Bombardier Travis Halmrast from the 20th Independent Field Battery in Lethbridge, Ont.
All three served at least one tour in Afghanistan, twice in Elliott’s case.