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Salute | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada

Four stories of life, death, and service in the Canadian Forces.

Don't Give Injured Vets More Paperwork, Give Us Your Trust

Paul Franklin | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Paul Franklin

We need a system that reduces the number of hoops the limbless have to jump through, and a system that understands that if your friend dies in your arms there may be days that are difficult.

Homeless Veterans A Top Priority For Liberals, Says Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Politics

He said his department has never been equipped — nor had a mandate — to deal with the issue.

Liberals Have 'Aggressive Mandate' To Solve Veterans Issues

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Politics

"We made political hay out of this file and it's up to me and our government to deliver."

Ex-Ombudsman 'Gob-Smacked' It Took 5 Years To Track Homeless Vets

CP Politics | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.10.2016 | Canada Politics

Pat Stogran said he began urging individual shelters in 2009 to start collecting data and asking people whether they've had any military service.

Why I Choose To Be Alone At Christmas

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Some are geographically distant from those they hold dear and raise a solitary glass to absent friends. Others have lost loved ones to the grave. But for many of us, "no contact" is a choice we consciously made. Loneliness is simply less painful than the agony of spending time with our toxic families.

We Can't Let Our Veterans' Stories Die

Robb Lucy | Posted 11.13.2015 | Canada Living
Robb Lucy

I watched CBC TV's coverage of Remembrance Day on Parliament Hill Wednesday. Several vets in their late 80s and early 90s told some of their stories. But in a few years, millions of untold stories about our fathers, grandfathers or great grandfathers, will be gone. And simply because we didn't ask to hear them.

Remembering Canada's Most Decorated War Hero

Sean Mallen | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Living
Sean Mallen

Each of the thousands of Remembrance Day ceremonies across Canada has its own significance, meaning and poignancy. But the one that played out in Toronto's Mount Pleasant Cemetery had something no other could claim: a tribute to an extraordinary hero who for a time was nearly forgotten.

How We Can Support Veterans 365 Days A Year

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living

From mental health support to volunteering, there are so many ways to show your respect.

Remembrance Day Connects Canadians Of All Cultures

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Living
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Growing up as a South Asian, second-generation Canadian in suburban Montreal, I remember standing in the school auditorium on Remembrance Day as we'd hear stories from veterans of the Second World war. Doing so was an integral part of our Canadian upbringing in our parent's adopted home.

'In Flanders Fields' Connects Young Canadians With History

Jeremy Diamond | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Living
Jeremy Diamond

In a country that traditionally does not know its own history, young people are often identified as the main offenders. But this poem is different. It represents something that is ours. Written by a Canadian, learned by Canadians and recited by Canadians. The Vimy Foundation is calling on all Canadian schools to help pass the torch of remembrance by reciting In Flanders Fields.

Veterans Reflect On What Remembrance Day Means To Them

CP | Keith Doucette, Bill Graveland, Allison Jones and Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Living

"That's always been a critical day for me, an emotional day."

Hiring A Veteran Will Be The Best Business Decision You Make

Jessica Glazer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

Some military vets have seen more in their lifetime then we ever will. To the university grad, the buzzwords teamwork, leadership, loyalty and attention to detail are just that -- buzz words. To the military vet, it's what defines them.

Canadians Split On Whether Youth Appreciate Veterans Enough: Poll

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Politics

Even those under 35 are torn, with only 54 per cent saying young people recognize veterans' sacrifices.

Remembrance Day Should Be A Canada-Wide Holiday

Emma Prestwich | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Living
Emma Prestwich

Every year, on Nov. 11, I woke up knowing that I didn't have to go to school. I still had work to do, though: pull my Scouting uniform out of my closet, tuck the shirt into my pants and drive 15 minutes to the cenotaph at the rec centre to huddle in the cold with my friends. We would stand holding our flags, my dad beside us, his breast pocket gleaming with medals he'd earned from his 25 years of military service. Sure, the ceremony was long, and for many years, I didn't know the words to "God Save The Queen." But the ritual always felt incredibly important, not just because I'd been taught about the sacrifices of the uniformed men and women at the ceremony and the horrors of war.

Remember The Human Cost Of The Military's Anti-Gay Past

Ron Levy | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

Every November 11, we honour those who risked or lost their lives defending their country. Rarely acknowledged in these annual commemorations are those who served honourably but were nevertheless dishonoured because of their sexuality.

Raise A Flag To Honour And Support Canada's Veterans

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

They answered the call when our country needed heroes; now we have the great privilege of caring for them. In honour of Remembrance Day, we'd like to introduce you to two of Canada's Second World War Veterans.

New Veterans Policies Broke Federal Rules: Advocate

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.18.2015 | Canada Politics

An advocate says the Conservative government broke federal Treasury Board rules that require public consultation on new measures.

'ABC' Veterans Group Says ‘Damn Right' They Feel Abandoned

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Politics

But not everyone is impressed with the veterans group's “slickly produced” ad.

On October 19th, Let's Remember Who We Are As Canadians

Michael Rowe | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Michael Rowe

There is nothing intrinsically "Canadian," let alone "conservative," about leveraging insecurity, racism and xenophobia for votes through ethnic scapegoating. That is not a "conservative" strategy; it's a fascist strategy with a long and bloody history, and it has no place in Canada. On October 19th, we have a chance to "take our country back." We have the chance to declare once and for all that who and what we are as Canadians is no longer for sale. We have a chance to steer Canada off its collision course with history, to save it from derailing and crashing beyond our ability to recognize it, let alone repair it.

Election Campaign Pitting Veterans Against Veterans: Advocates

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics

Veterans advocates say the nasty, personal attacks of the federal election campaign are driving an unprecedented wedge among the country's community of ex-soldiers, the likes of which haven't been since the 1920s.

Stephen Harper's Conservatives Have Made Veterans a Priority

Erin O'Toole | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

Most veterans joined the Forces between the ages of 18 and 22 and serve a large portion of their adult lives in uniform. When they leave the military, they are leaving behind comrades who continue to serve Canada, so it is a priority for them to see that the military has the equipment and support it needs. Probably the largest reason why many veterans support the Conservative Party is because they have seen both the equipment and morale improve dramatically under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The last Liberal government hollowed out the military during the "Decade of Darkness." From used submarines to the dated green uniforms for Afghanistan, the Liberals did not make a properly equipped military a priority.

Why the Military Should Take What the Liberals Say With a Grain of Salt

Bruce Moncur | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

The Liberals have proven time and time again to be no friend to the soldiers. Chrétien wearing his helmet on backwards (then chiding soldiers as they tried to show him how to wear it properly) and the elder Trudeau's morale-killing reorganizations have made a lasting impression on generations of military men and women who have been burned by the Liberals one too many times -- by pandering to the veteran community, the Liberals are hoping that the memory of soldiers does not go beyond the year 2000.

Homeless Veterans Saved -- By Other Vets

Tyee Solutions Society | David P. Ball | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Politics

'We would never leave them in the field, ever. You're not going to leave them on the street."

The Tories Are Looking For A Few Good Vets (To Sing Their Praises)

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO — An email being circulated among former Canadian soldiers suggests federal Conservatives are looking for a few happy, satisfied veterans to...