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Greg Matters family gets Memorial Cross in slain vet's honour

09/25/2013 10:17 EDT | Updated 11/25/2013 05:12 EST
The family of Prince George, B.C., veteran Greg Matters, who was shot and killed by RCMP, will be presented today with a Memorial Cross from the Canadian military.

Matters, 40, was killed after a 30-hour standoff with police on a rural property outside Prince George in 2012.

Matters was a soldier for 15 years and served in the Bosnian conflict. He was being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when he was killed.

Matters’s mother and sister will be presented with the Memorial Cross, which recognizes soldiers who died during active duty or as a result of their service, in Prince George on Wednesday morning.

Tracey Matters believes her brother’s death was directly related to his PTSD.

"My brother was a loving member of our family who was known for his intelligence, generosity, kindness and warmth. He was deployed to Bosnia, came home injured and suffered significantly with post-traumatic stress disorder,” she said.

"He became quite depressed. He completely withdrew from friends and many family members."

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The medal will be presented by Matters's best friend, Warrant Officer Ryan Seguin, who served with Matters in Bosnia.

He says the military has come a long way in terms of identifying and treating PTSD.

"I mean, are we at the best-case solution? I'm sure there's more that can be done, and more that will be done. Right now I do believe that they have made some improvements from Bosnia,” Seguin said.

"It's great that the military recognizes the injuries that Greg received. It's well-deserved of course."

B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office, which investigates police-involved deaths, cleared Prince George RCMP officers of any wrongdoing in Matters’s death.

A coroner’s inquest is set to begin in Prince George on Oct. 7.

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