Jeff Rose-Martland
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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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Harper, Please Don't Make the National Day of Honour All About You

(57) Comments | Posted May 3, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Stephen Harper is not stupid. Nor is Canada's civil service completely incompetent. In some quarters, those statements border on sacrilege, but they are nonetheless true. Harper got himself elected -- repeatedly -- both as MP and as party leader; that speaks to a certain level of intelligence. The nation manages...

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We Need To Ask the Right Questions About Racism in the Armed Forces

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 5:05 PM

Last week, while everyone was getting separation-burnout and Crimea-river syndrome from the relentless coverage of little else, a very important press conference was held in Halifax. A group of veterans gathered to rally around two of their own and make a call for action. Too bad...

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Military Commanders, Start Taking Responsibility For Your Troops

(5) Comments | Posted February 22, 2014 | 9:33 AM

The recent rash of suicides by serving soldiers has the Forces scrambling... to cover their butts.

One would expect that, when faced with a serious medical issue among the troops, National Defence would be doing everything possible to get help to its people. Instead, it has been

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Harper Cares More About Dead Veterans Than Living Ones

(49) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 4:00 PM

Veterans had hopes that Budget 2014 would offer better support for those suffering from PTSD, perhaps address some of the continuing pension-clawback issues, maybe even do something about the controversial closures of VAC offices. But, like always, the Harper Government has left Veterans with empty words and crushed hopes.

In...

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This Veteran Doesn't Consider Himself a "Pawn"

(8) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 4:27 PM

No matter how you look at it, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino committed a series of grave errors last week. He disrespected veterans; his stakeholders.

First, by cancelling, then eventually arriving late, for a scheduled meeting with six veterans from across Canada who had travelled to Ottawa just...

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Soldiers Commit Suicide Because of Invisible Wounds

(14) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 11:57 PM

In seven days, Canada lost four soldiers to suicide. They died of despair. Suffering mental wounds from their service, able to foresee the end of their careers but unable to see how they could survive after, they succumbed to their injuries and took their own lives.

We might...

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God Forbid A Veteran Should Ruin Your Christmas

(14) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 4:15 PM

I am continually amazed at the speed with which Canadians abandon Veterans in the name of the holidays.

I work retail. On Sunday the 10th, the concourse outside our store was occupied by the Legion's Poppy Appeal. Remembrance Day is a holiday here in Newfoundland and the mall was...

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A Veteran Responds to the Minister's "Facts"

(28) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 11:43 AM

A couple weeks ago, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino accused me of spreading misinformation. 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. After all, my work speaks for itself: my articles are...

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Remembrance Day Is More Than Wearing a Poppy at a Parade

(30) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 9:58 PM

Every November, millions of Canadians pin on poppies. You see them on every celebrity, every politician, and every news person. We talk about war and remembrance and those who sacrificed. Some of us get a holiday on the 11th, but many don't go to a Remembrance service. Some...

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What Fantino Wants Us to Do on Remembrance Day Is Forget

(20) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 11:32 AM

Recently, I was caught off-guard by a question from a non-Veteran: she wanted to know, if Veterans are so mistreated, why aren't there massive protests? Why aren't Veterans staging sit-ins, or blocking traffic, or something similar? Why are they so quiet compared to other communities? She had a simple question:

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Do You Know What Defines a Veteran? It's Not Just Combat

(16) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 3:36 PM

Canada has a whole lot of veterans; a lot more than you might think. According to the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman in 2012:

There are nearly 750,000 Canadian Forces and RCMP Veterans; 100,000 Canadian Forces members (Regular and Reserve Forces) and 23,000 members of the RCMP.

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How the Throne Speech Buried Veterans

(7) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 12:34 PM

The Speech from the Throne was a major disappointment for most people. Too long, too lacking in substance, and too little good news. To Canada's veterans, who were hoping for some indication the Harper government was going to address their issues, the Throne Speech was a big flop.

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Can We Trust a Veterans Affairs Minister Who Doesn't Even Know What Makes a Veteran?

(17) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 2:43 PM

Newly-minted Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino hasn't exactly been winning friends recently. Nor his influence on veterans been inspirational, except in the way that an emetic inspires. It appears the Honourable Minister is in over his head with his portfolio... or perhaps gagging on it... as mere months after his...

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Breaking the Silence Around PTSD in the Military

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 12:58 PM

It's been a busy few months for Kevin Berry. He is one of the six veterans suing the federal government over the New Veterans' Charter and the lump-sum payments. He's fighting his own PTSD demons, a product of his service in the Forces. Right now, Kevin is manning...

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Stephen Harper's Military Jacket Is Irritating and Offensive

(271) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 12:10 PM

Harper's military-jacket tribute story rings like a cracked bell -- discordant and irritating.

The PMO says that Stephen Harper wore the Canadian Forces flight jacket "as a tribute to the military assisting the people in difficult times." Really? Someone explain to the PM that a CF jacket is...

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Why the Governor General Should Remove Harper

(109) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 4:36 PM

Over the past week or so, people have become quite fond of name calling and deriding the intelligence of a certain individual: me. Perhaps they caught it from the Commons.

Collectively, the message is this: petitioning the Governor General to remove the Prime Minister won't work. One camp...

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Screaming About Theft of Democracy

(6) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 3:22 PM

"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 be a dozen or more Facebook groups like Canadians Rallying to Unseat Stephen Harper....

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Call Me Crazy for Wanting the Government to Do its Job

(43) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 5:31 PM

We all lost something last week. Something we used to value but now don't care too much about anymore; it was ripped from us and no one complained.

Our citizenship.

Obviously, we can still fly the maple leaf and file tax forms. We can call ourselves Canadian. We can even...

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Who's In Charge of This Country, Anyway?

(34) Comments | Posted May 19, 2013 | 10:24 PM

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. Turns out, I wasn't the only one: Rex Murphy was thinking along the same lines. We are wondering if...

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Why Are We in Such a Hurry to Forget Veterans?

(14) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 4:56 PM

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 the last notes of Reveille have barely faded before carols are playing. Veterans' news stories disappear almost immediately and are...

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