In receiving her second cancer diagnosis within the span of two years, Tricia Beauchamp's doctor said something that stuck with her.
"It's called unlucky," she recalls him saying.
Beauchamp is a retired air force sergeant and single mother who spent 27 years in the military's logistics branch as a traffic technician. In that role, it was her job to get supplies and equipment where they were needed with no fuss or muss.
Within the span of six years, she says she endured a botched surgery in the military system and, as a result, failed a physical fitness test by nine seconds. That triggered her medical release, which she fought unsuccessfully to prevent. She was denied a civil service job on her last day in the military. And she survived two bouts of cancer, one of which included 26 radiation treatments.
But perhaps the most difficult, frustrating battle is the one she's fought with the defence and veterans affairs departments.
Beauchamp was released to civilian life last summer and, like thousands of other ex-soldiers and air crew, she was forced to wait for her military severance, pension and veterans benefits.
"I felt like I was pushed through the cracks," Beauchamp told CBC News. "I have been so stressed it's unreal. I'm lucky I have kids that understand."More on link:http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/soldier-evicted-military-pension-1.3972723