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Canada's military veterans are suffering another condition of late: envy. They watch National Defence Ombudsman Gary Walbourne, relentlessly petition government to improve the lives of soldiers. Veterans long for their Ombudsman, Guy Parent, to have the same backbone.
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The promise did not crack the latest budget.
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If I were a member of the Liberal caucus who unceremoniously and quietly replaced a parliamentary secretary that cared about veterans with someone that helped ensure that 2015 would not be the last past-the-post election, I know I couldn't look myself in the mirror.
Whether help comes in the form of artillery fire, jet fighters, or helicopter gunships, no expense is spared to support and protect our troops when the bullets start flying. But is the federal government willing to continue to fork out $85 a day to keep each of our veterans with PTSD out of harm's way? Apparently not!
November 8 is National Aboriginal Veterans Day.
Gary Walbourne has released a landmark report.
The money is going to the Mood Disorders Society of Canada.
Government still battling ex-soldiers in court.
There's no telling yet how much it will cost.
"Denials, denials ... To say many of us are disgusted by this act is an understatement."
At issue: the treatment of 94-year-old veteran Petter Blindheim.
Petter Blindheim was commended by the Royal Norwegian Navy.
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The Liberal government is actually taking veterans back to court after a legal truce of sorts reached by the former Conservative government expired in May.
I want to thank Bruce Moncur for his piece, "Trudeau's Liberals Anything But Sunny Ways For Veterans," and for attending Veterans Affairs Canada's (VAC) stakeholder summit on May 9 to 10. To date, it was the department's largest and best-attended, and he made some invaluable contributions both as a member of the greater assembly and individually when we had an opportunity to speak one-on-one during a lunch break. Bruce points out in his piece that Budget 2016 did not include all of the items in the mandate letter I received from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when I took office as minister of veterans affairs in November 2015. He's right.