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Horses as Healers

When Don Wood returned home to Clearwater, Nova Scotia from a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2007, he was haunted by memories of what he’d witnessed.

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By: Liz Brown |

When Don Wood returned home to Clearwater, Nova Scotia from a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2007, he was haunted by memories of what he’d witnessed. As an electronics and communications technician with the air force unit in the Canadian Armed Forces, he worked in dangerous areas like Kabul and Bagram. “I wasn’t in a combat role, but there are lots of things that go on over there. You see explosions. You see the poverty,” he said. The thing that sits with Wood most, though, was seeing his brothers and sisters in arms go home in caskets. “It was rough there in 2007. We put 13 people on a plane. I was a pallbearer, so I personally put them on a plane to come home,” he said. “When he came back he was very different,” said Wood’s wife, Lisa Conrod. At the time, they were dating and had just…

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