Tapping on His Commando Past to Overcome Brain Injury

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23 May 2022 | PEOPLE

Tapping on His Commando Past to Overcome Brain Injury

In the prime of his life, 2nd Lieutenant (2LT) (Ret) Takalah Tan lost half his brain and had total memory loss after a near-fatal road accident in 1994. But when he found out that he was a commando officer, it gave him the belief that he could become a useful person again – he became a cashier in a hawker stall, later a school teacher, and is now a therapy assistant.

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//PHOTOGRAPHER KENNETH LIN

//CAMERAMAN VINCE SIA

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In the final episode of PIONEER's "Never Be A #WeakNSman" series, Major (NS) Steffan Fung (pictured right), Commanding Officer-Designate of 792nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment, gets 2LT (Ret) Tan to share his journey.

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