New Veterans' Charter

Liberal MP's Flyer Touts Veterans' Benefit That Didn't Happen

CBC | CBC News | Posted 06.11.2016 | Canada Politics

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 Hear From All Veterans, Even If They're Mad At Me

Kent Hehr | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Alberta
Kent Hehr

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.

Hauling Vets To Court A 'Disgrace': Opposition

CBC | John Paul Tasker, CBC News | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Politics

"It is shameful."

Vets Want Liberal Pledges In Writing Before Dropping Lawsuit

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Politics

A settlement looms.

Stephen Harper's Conservatives Have Made Veterans a Priority

Erin O'Toole | Posted 09.15.2016 | 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.

Controversial Veterans Charter Misunderstood: O'Toole

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Ten years ago, politics prevented the government from clearly explaining its overhaul of how former soldiers are compensated, and the repercu...

Harper Government Spends $700K Fighting Veterans In Court

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government has so far spent nearly $700,000 fighting a disgruntled group of wounded Afghan veterans in court— a revelation that...

Tories To Mend Fences With Some, But Not All, Veterans

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs is embarking Wednesday on an effort to rebuild bridges with groups that represent disgruntled ex-soldiers, but it is excludi...

Tories To Overhaul Veterans' Benefits Again

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government plans further changes to its oft-maligned veterans charter, hoping to take the political sting out of complaints by ex-...

Report Calls For Modest Changes To Vets' Benefits Regime

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A House of Commons committee chose to recommend modest rather than wholesale changes to the federal government's veterans charter Tuesday, ad...

Soldiers Commit Suicide Because of Invisible Wounds

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Living
Jeff Rose-Martland

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 give it fancy clinical names, like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Operational Stress Injury, but that doesn't change the condition: broken mind.

A Veteran Responds to the Minister's "Facts"

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

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. However, one of those individuals I referenced in my article wants to respond to the Minister's "corrections and clarifications" regarding how the Conservatives are supporting veterans.

Ryan Maloney

He Lost 5 Per Cent Of His Brain For Canada | Ryan Maloney | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Politics

As he lay dying, his brain exposed by a piece of shrapnel the size of a bottle cap, Cpl. Bruce Moncur's thoughts drifted to Pleasure Beach. It was ...

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.

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

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

Obviously, the Minister didn't intend that every person who dies or is injured in service to the public is a veteran. But what he did was imply that injury or death is required for one to be considered a veteran. That may be a convenient definition for a government intent on saving money on the back of our veterans, but it's a silly notion for nation that requires a military.

Disabled Vets Left In Poverty: Report

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government must be prodded to continue making improvements to its so-called veterans charter to ensure vulnerable former soldiers...

Disabled Vets Could Be Out In The Cold

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Some of the country's most severely disabled soldiers will take a major financial hit once they arrive at old age and risk living out their f...

Surprise Veterans Charter Review Announced

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government tried Thursday to get out ahead of a potentially damaging report by the country's veteran's ombudsman by calling on a H...

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.

Afghanistan War Vets Sue Feds

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.30.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A group of Afghanistan war veterans has filed a class-action lawsuit against the federal government, saying the disability payment regime ...