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Hillier may cut term 'non-life-threatening injuries' Thurs. Jan 10

HALIFAX — Canada’s chief of defence staff says he plans to stop using the term “non-life threatening injuries” to refer to soldiers who survive attacks but are left with severe and often debilitating conditions. Gen. Rick Hillier was asked about the term following a speech today in Halifax by an audience member who suggested the phrase is misleading.
Hillier says he doesn’t want the public to underestimate the severity of the types of injuries that would be considered non-life threatening.
He says in many cases such soldiers would die if it weren’t for medical advances that can keep them alive.
Hillier thanked the audience member for pointing out his concerns, and says he probably won’t use the phrase again.