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Jeff Rose-Martland

Author, Citizen Advocate

Jeff Rose-Martland is an award-winning author and playwright based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His work is widely available online and via booksellers.

In 2010, in reaction to the news of Canada’s failure to provide for its veterans, he founded Our Duty. The not-for-profit is dedicated to making Canadians aware of the issues with veterans’ benefits and to finding workable solutions.

The views expressed represent those of Jeff Rose-Martland and should not be construed in any way as official statements from Our Duty Inc.
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A Veteran Responds to the Minister's "Facts"

I hadn't planned on posting any sort of response to the Minister, as I've found it's best not to favour such accusations with comment. However, one of those individuals I referenced in my article wants to respond to the Minister's "corrections and clarifications" regarding how the Conservatives are supporting veterans.
11/14/2013 12:34 EST
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Remembrance Day Is More Than Wearing a Poppy at a Parade

The 11th was named Remembrance Day for a reason. The name was chosen to remind Canadians that we must remember the sacrifices our Veterans make for us. It was also named to remind us to remember the obligations we have to those who serve -- an obligation our Government is working hard to deny. Currently, a group of Veterans are suing Canada for failing them. Remembrance Day is more than saying "We Will Remember Them" -- You actually need to do it.
11/08/2013 10:58 EST
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What Fantino Wants Us to Do on Remembrance Day Is Forget

Forget the homeless Veterans. Forget the lawsuits, and how the Harper Government says they are not obligated to provide for Veterans. Forget the closure of VAC Offices, the cuts to staff and the consequent loss of service to Veterans. Forget the Veterans kicked out of the Forces before they are eligible for pensions. Forget the families of poor Veterans, denied funeral expenses.
11/07/2013 12:32 EST
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Do You Know What Defines a Veteran? It's Not Just Combat

Some argue that combat is what defines a veteran. Think about that for a minute and you'll realize that such a definition overlooks all the logistics, support, medical, and other personnel. Think about all the aircraft mechanics required in WWII -- are they not veterans? Of course they are. Look around. Pay attention to the veterans walking among us every day.
10/28/2013 05:14 EDT
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How the Throne Speech Buried Veterans

For Canada's veterans the Throne Speech was a big flop. It devoted a total of 10 sentences to vets, and only two of them said anything about Harper's plans. The other six were self-congratulatory backslapping: meaningless rhetoric from a government which appears to think supporting veterans is as simple as saying those words over and over.
10/22/2013 12:34 EDT
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Can We Trust a Veterans Affairs Minister Who Doesn't Even Know What Makes a Veteran?

Obviously, the Minister didn't intend that every person who dies or is injured in service to the public is a veteran. But what he did was imply that injury or death is required for one to be considered a veteran. That may be a convenient definition for a government intent on saving money on the back of our veterans, but it's a silly notion for nation that requires a military.
10/16/2013 05:52 EDT
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Breaking the Silence Around PTSD in the Military

No one would question a cancer diagnosis, or any other medicial condition, except when it comes to PTSD. Suddenly, everyone is a mental health expert. Nobody would dare question cancer, but PTSD? Fair game. In fact, it would be unthinkable to even not question it. The military culture demands it.
09/30/2013 12:58 EDT
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Stephen Harper's Military Jacket Is Irritating and Offensive

If there's one thing I've learned during three years of working with veterans, it's this: Troops hate seeing military gear on civilians. Not dislike. Not have distaste for. HATE. The PM, if he is the huge supporter of the troops that he claims to be, over and over in the Commons, should have known that.
07/02/2013 12:17 EDT
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Why the Governor General Should Remove Harper

The Governor General is the only one who can remove Harper. If the Conservative caucus were to revolt and kick Harper out of caucus, we could be faced with Stevie-the-Indie-PM. Even if Harper resigns -- which isn't likely -- it is still the GG who chooses to accept.
06/19/2013 05:41 EDT

Screaming About Theft of Democracy

"He's stealing Canadian democracy in plain sight and nobody is screaming about it," noted Elizabeth May last week, at lunch with Laura Stone. Actually, many people are screaming about it. There must b...
06/11/2013 03:23 EDT
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Who's In Charge of This Country, Anyway?

As Mike Duffy's senatorial career implosion peaked this week, I was left wondering if all was really as it appeared, or if something far more complex was taking place. If Duffy -- and Wallin, and Brazeau, and others -- are part of a some plan to discredit the Senate to the point that all citizens demand its abolition.
05/19/2013 11:57 EDT
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Why Are We in Such a Hurry to Forget Veterans?

Every year, we put on a poppy, read a few feel-good stories about the surviving Second World War veterans, and maybe observe a moment of silence on the 11th. But veterans' news stories disappear almost immediately and are replaced with tales of holiday consumer-orgies. We should not be so quick to forget them.
11/29/2012 05:19 EST
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Is Veterans Affairs Canada Targeting This Family?

Retired Corporal Dennis Manuge is the driving force behind the SISIP class action lawsuit over pension clawbacks. Last year, Manuge revealed that, in 2009, the Minister of Veterans Affairs was briefed on private details of his medical conditions and finances. Now, the former mechanic with the Royal Canadian Regiment says VAC also breached the privacy of his brother, Anthony.
11/23/2012 02:35 EST
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Privacy Violation as a Weapon Against Veterans

There are many cases of privacy violation at Veterans Affairs. Those that have gone public have two things in common: they have all spoken out about VAC policy and they are all veterans. Some can prove the Minister was given their information. Some can only prove that Ministerial staff was reading their files. Why is this happening?
11/16/2012 05:41 EST
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Is Big Brother Threatening Our Charities?

Last week, Canadian Mennonite magazine revealed that it had been threatened by the government. A Canada Revenue audit team the magazine that it could lose its charitable status because of what it published. CRA found some 2011 articles to be in violation of the Income Tax Act which forbids "the direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, any political party or candidate for public office." Where is this taking Canada? Will we be a nation without dissent, without criticism, without discourse? A nation where even the most well-meaning and well-respected charities must keep silent on everything or risk the wrath of government?
11/13/2012 05:18 EST
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The Dire Consequence of Mistreating Our Veterans

We all have unlimited responsibility to look after for those who serve when those damages occur. They agree to take personal damage up to, and including, giving their lives in service to us all. Yet we have been evading this responsibility for decades. Perhaps a century. If you ask around, you will find that military and police services are still largely family businesses -- the children of members will likely enlist themselves. Our recruitment forecasts count on that. So what happens when we short-change the veterans?
11/09/2012 11:40 EST
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Should November Be a Month for Remembering Moustaches?

I'm not knocking Movember. It is an excellent campaign, both for fundraising and awareness. I don't even have a problem with the timing. I have absolutely nothing against Movember. I'm using it for comparison purposes because Movember and Remembrance both happen during the same month and are both about awareness. And last week, Movember enjoyed a lot more media coverage than veterans.
11/06/2012 08:53 EST
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The Myths We Believe About Canadian Veterans

With all the veterans Canada has, you wouldn't think we need an awareness campaign. Yet the number one comment I hear from the veteran's community is that civilians either don't know what is happening to them or, worse, don't care. Here is what I have concluded.
10/31/2012 12:12 EDT
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Happy Father's Day, Mr. Mom

Don't let popular myths sway you. Your child doesn't care if you are male or female, so long as you are there to provide food and comfort and protection. Everything else is just learning and, believe me guys, women don't have some secret users-manual for children. Just like us, women start off in the dark and learn as they go, on their own and from family and friends.
06/17/2012 09:56 EDT