Veteran's Affairs Canada

Half Of Canada's Badly Wounded Vets Not Getting Cheques: Watchdog

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A new report by Canada's veterans watchdog says nearly half of the country's most severely disabled ex-soldiers are not receiving a governmen...

'Betrayal At The Hands Of The Canadian Government'

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A loosely knit group of outraged ex-soldiers railed Wednesday against what it calls the insurance-company mentality of Veterans Affairs, dema...

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...

Why Fighting Veterans Affairs Is Like Fighting the Taliban

Bruce Moncur | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

I have gone so far to argue that my experience in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban was equally as damaging to me mentally as the fight I face every day on the home front in Canada, with Veterans Affairs Canada. The ineptitude that the department operates under led to my first blog post and I can attest that I am not the only soldier who feels they have not been taken care of when coming home. Documentation of these abuses will be our greatest asset, because as the system gets inundated with the claims for sanctuary trauma, along with them will come testimonies of veterans about the glaring deficiencies within VAC.

Vets Say There's A Huge Gap Between Tory Rhetoric, Reality

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A veterans group says there's a major disconnect between what the Harper government is saying in court about its obligation to ex-soldiers an...

Families Of Fallen Canadians In Afghanistan Reflect On Loss

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Was it all worth it?It is a brutally awkward question, especially when posed in the context of Afghanistan.There is no shortage of people opi...

Legion To Present Tories With List Of Demands

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Royal Canadian Legion is set to call on the Harper government to take better care of wounded veterans and their families.Representatives ...

Military Commanders, Start Taking Responsibility For Your Troops

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

General, might I offer up that, at the heart of the problem of suicide in the Forces, is that soldiers feel trapped and with no way out? That the widespread stigma against mental injury and illness, that the attitude you present -- that helping is coddling, and that your condescending attitude exemplifies the problem which soldiers face?

This Veteran Doesn't Consider Himself a "Pawn"

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

Allow me to introduce you to Master Corporal David Desjardins, a decorated veteran and former CF Military Police officer who was present at the now infamous meeting with Minister Fantino. Dave has a few things he'd like to explain.

Canadian Veteran Appeals To Olympians For Help

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Politics

There's nothing quite like the Olympics. The sportsmanship, the drama, the unabashed pride we feel in our country and the athletes who, after years...

Tories Easily Defeat Motion To Keep Vets Offices Open

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An opposition motion calling on the Conservative government to keep Veterans Affairs district offices open went down to defeat Monday in the ...

Fantino and Harper Have Failed Veterans

Ralph Goodale | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

You'd think that as a former police chief, Fantino would have some natural rapport with Armed Forces personnel. Instead, to be kind about it, he is acting like a jerk. He shows no compassion or even common courtesy as he goes about chopping federal services to veterans.

Vets Hold 'Memorial Services' As Offices Close

CBC | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Politics

Veterans are holding "memorial services" over the loss of eight more Veterans Affairs offices across Canada today, just as the Conservative...

Veterans Affairs Asks For $581 Repayment After Soldier's Suicide

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Veterans Affairs wrote to the husband of a retired soldier who killed herself Christmas Day saying the family would have to return of part o...

Harper Government Facing New War With Veterans

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's veterans ombudsman and the Royal Canadian Legion are calling on the Harper government to say once and for all whether it will retroa...

Veterans Watchdog Says Jobs Plan Could Backfire

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

OTTAWA - The Harper government's plan to bump injured ex-soldiers to the head of the federal job line could backfire and create a bottleneck for the v...

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.

Relief Coming For Veterans Burial Fund?

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

OTTAWA - The Harper government may be ready to improve access to a federal fund that gives impoverished ex-soldiers a dignified burial, says a veteran...

What Fantino Wants Us to Do on Remembrance Day Is Forget

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

Forget the homeless Veterans. Forget the lawsuits, and how the Harper Government says they are not obligated to provide for Veterans. Forget the closure of VAC Offices, the cuts to staff and the consequent loss of service to Veterans. Forget the Veterans kicked out of the Forces before they are eligible for pensions. Forget the families of poor Veterans, denied funeral expenses.

Veterans Affairs Canada Continues to Support Our Troops

Julian Fantino | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Julian Fantino

There continues to be a constant barrage of misinformation regarding Canada's Veterans. In total, our Government has invested almost $5 billion new dollars that has been put towards rehabilitation, re-training, and medical and financial benefits. I will continue to seek to fully pay homage to the depth of sacrifice of Canada's Veterans.

Veterans Cuts 'Destroying' Family, Soldier Says

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

A Canadian soldier who suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in Afghanistan is speaking out today, saying his case being bounced around with...

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 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...

Mental Health Issues Skyrocketing

CBC | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Living

The number of soldiers and RCMP officers suffering from mental health injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder has skyrocketed over the last si...