“In the navy, yes you can put your mind at ease.”
“In the navy, you can develop arthritic knees.”
A 47-year-old former sailor in the Canadian navy will receive a small disability payout (around $3,400) after he argued that his health predicament was caused by the Canadian Forces’ poor military diet.
The unidentified man of aboriginal background ballooned to 301 pounds while he served in the Canadian Forces. He weighed 160 pounds when he joined in 1986.
He developed hypertension, something that the Veterans Review and Appeal Board believe was linked partly to his service. It’s sparked by a poor salt-rich diet and a lack of physical activity.
He did suffer a string of injuries during his time there that attributed to his inability to exercise, and a times was known to consume three cases of beer on the weekends.
He argued that he went from an aboriginal diet rich with wild geese, fish, raccoon, lilies, cattails, dandelions and other diverse diet options to canned food thrown into a deep fryer or cooked in pools of oil.
Do you think this man deserves a payout of any kind?