Canada Veterans

Tories Treat Vets Like Second-Class Citizens

Nick Fillmore | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

A travelling tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in Afghanistan will arrive in your province or territory during the next year or two. The memorial appears to be straight-forward but, in reality, it carries with it a heavy dose of hypocrisy regarding the Conservatives' real objective of the tour and their treatment of military veterans.

Even Beloved Comic Character Beetle Bailey Battles PTSD

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada Impact
Romeo Vitelli

On June 16, the three-panel-strip featured Beetle in bed having a series of nightmares relating to his experiences in the army. In the third panel, we see Bailey wide awake with the message, "Posttraumatic Stress Can Affect Any Soldier."

Stephen Harper's Military Jacket Is Irritating and Offensive

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 09.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

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.

A Visit With Bob Dole, the Last Centralist

Robert Waite | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada
Robert Waite

When Bob Dole subsequently offered me the job as his press secretary, I at first resisted. What I subsequently came to learn over the next several years was that Bob Dole was at heart a centralist, a pragmatist, a problem-solver. Unlike some of his colleagues, he understood and enjoyed the machinery of the Senate.

Why Are so Many Veterans in Prison?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada Living
Romeo Vitelli

Increasing numbers of military veterans are entering the U.S. prison system. Why? A recent study highlights the important role that anger can play in how well veterans reintegrate into society after traumatic tours of duty -- and how likely they are to run into problems in prison, if that's where they end up.

Why Are We in Such a Hurry to Forget Veterans?

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

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.

Is Veterans Affairs Canada Targeting This Family?

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 11.23.2012 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

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.

Vets Facility Like 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Lite'

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - Articles about complaints of substandard care at Canada's largest facility for war veterans have prompted several more people to come forwar...

Privacy Violation as a Weapon Against Veterans

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

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?

Vet Shares War Stories To Help Heal From PTSD

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Daniel Lafontaine's accounts of life in war-torn Bosnia send chills down the spines of his listeners.His first-hand account of life as a hos...

Do More Than Just Remember On Nov. 11

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada Impact

Canadians across the country will pause for two minutes at 11 am on November 11 as part of this year's Remembrance Day observance to honour the Canadi...

Freedom, Democracy, Justice

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.10.2013 | Canada Politics

HONG KONG - Canadians should live their lives worthy of the freedom, democracy and justice they enjoy as a tribute to those who made the ultimate sacr...

Minister Defends Decision To Halt Vets Privacy Breach Probe

CBC | Posted 01.10.2013 | Canada Politics

Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney is defending his decision to halt an investigation by Canada's veterans ombudsman into a controversial breach ...

Harper Fails To Address Concerns About Burials For Poor Veterans

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada Politics

MANILA, Philippines - Stephen Harper offered no acknowledgment Saturday of concerns raised by veterans' groups, funeral home directors and many others...

Should November Be a Month for Remembering Moustaches?

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.06.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

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.

Final Salute? Or Final Insult?

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A federal burial fund meant to give impoverished veterans a final, dignified salute has rejected over two-thirds of the applications it's rec...

The Myths We Believe About Canadian Veterans

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

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.

Compensating Vets Could Cost WAY More Than Expected

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Compensating disabled veterans for the clawback of their military pensions could cost more than expected because the federal government is no...

Fighting Vets An 'Obscene Waste Of Taxpayers' Money'

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.22.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government spent $750,462 in legal fees fighting veterans over the clawback of military pensions, documents tabled in Parliament s...

Deadly WWII Raid Remembered In Dieppe

CP | Ray Zinck, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.19.2012 | Canada

DIEPPE, France - A handful of Canadian veterans were treated to a heroes' welcome Sunday when they returned to the French coastal town of Dieppe to ma...

Vets Still Seeing Military Pensions Clawed Back

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Some of Canada's most severely injured veterans say they are still seeing their military pensions clawed back despite a court ruling that fo...

Who Cares About Veterans? Not Minister Blaney

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 08.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

In June 2011, shortly after Steven Blaney was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs, Cpl Fabien Melanson, a vet, stopped eating to protest years of neglect by VAC. But the Minister, it seems, felt no responsibility. He did not speak to the veteran. And he still hasn't. Blaney has willfully neglected his duties. If he will not rectify that, then he should resign.

Multimillion-Dollar Victory For Disabled Veterans Unchallenged By Feds

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2012 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - A disabled veteran who launched a class-action lawsuit against the federal government said he is thrilled Ottawa will respect a Federal Cour...

Soldiers Give Up Their Rights So They Can Risk Their Lives

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

Canadian citizens may be shocked to learn that the Canadian Forces do not have the same Charter Rights as the rest of us. They give up those rights when they enlist. Maybe this law makes sense for the military -- it is used to suppress mutiny and rebellion, but at the same time, these are the people who are risking their lives for our freedom. Don't they deserve better?

A Day at Vimy I'll Never Forget

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 07.01.2012 | Canada
Irene Mathyssen, MP

In response to the sacrifice of these young Canadians, the French government gave 260 acres to Canada in perpetuity to create a memorial to those who fought and died and to build the spectacular monument on hill 145 of Vimy Ridge to pay tribute to those who risked or gave their lives at Vimy and the many Battles of the Somme.