I've just found that all the decorations for military valour for the Afghan missions, that can be announced to the public, can now be considered approved. That means that I can finally complete the work for the revised edition of my book Courage Rewarded, which will have a full chapter on the Afghan missions. This has frustrated me for a year and a half, but now I can get back to finalizing it.
At the same time, it is a bit conflicting because it will draw me away from the interviews and writing that I am immersed in for my new book which will deal exclusively with Afghanistan. I'm just about to begin writing the chapter that will deal with D Squadron of the RCD in Shah Wali Kot in late 2008 and, in particular, with MCpl Sean Chard.
T. Robert Fowler, author, Canadian military history