A B.C. artist has created an aviation-themed greeting card he hopes will help injured and mentally ill Canadian war veterans cope with the ravages of their experiences overseas.
Graham Force is selling cards with an image of last year’s air show demo CF-18 flying against a Canadian flag backdrop. Force said part of the proceeds from the sale of the Canadian Heroes greeting card will go to Wounded Warriors Canada, which funds mental health programs for ill and injured veterans and their families.
“Graham is hoping to raise thousands of dollars and bring increased awareness to our injured Canadian Forces men and women, who now battle a different type of war at home,” said a news release.
On the other side of the card is a poem written by Michelle Jane Sales that honours the contribution of all branches of the military.
A total of 158 Canadian servicemen and women have been killed in the line of duty in the last decade, and more than 1,800 have been hurt. There have also been at least ten suicides in the past six months.