Canada Veterans

Tories On Defensive After Soldiers Given Boot

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.30.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The distinction between a soldier who's ready to leave the military versus one who is willing to go was on full display Wednesday as the Harp...

Injured Canadian Troops Get The Boot

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

OTTAWA - Gravely injured troops are being booted from the military before they qualify for a pension, despite assurances to the contrary from the Harp...

How the Throne Speech Buried Veterans

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

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.

Feds To Appeal Veterans' Lawsuit Ruling

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

OTTAWA - The Harper government says it intends to appeal a B.C. court ruling that cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit involving veterans of Can...

Breaking the Silence Around PTSD in the Military

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

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.

The Streets Are No Place for the Mentally Ill

Mariah Griffin-Angus | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Living
Mariah Griffin-Angus

I see him everyday, standing out in the street in the heat or the cold fighting ghosts in his head. All too often in Canada, the street or the emergency ward has become the place where those with severe mental illnesses end up. Those with mental illnesses make up a disturbing percentage of the homeless.

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...