Veteran's Affairs Canada

Tories Brace For Bad News

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government's frenzy of funding to support veterans continued to rain down Monday, just ahead of what's expected to be a politicall...

Critics Blast Harper Government For Unspent Veterans Affairs Funds

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs Canada has returned $1.13 billion to the federal treasury in unspent funds since the Conservatives came to power in 2006 —...

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

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2014 | 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...

Head Of Space Agency Moving To Veterans Affairs

CP | Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Space industry officials expressed surprise Wednesday after learning that the head of the Canadian Space Agency is leaving the position aft...

Canadians Need to Stand by the People Who Work Hard to Protect Them Every Day

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

Every day, women and men put on uniforms for the RCMP and RCAF, RCN, and the Canadian Army. Every day, those men and women set out to be the wall of flesh between us and harm. Every day, whether a major catastrophe affecting thousands or just one of us lost in the wilds, we know who to look for, who to trust in.

Tories To Overhaul Veterans' Benefits Again

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.05.2014 | 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-...

Vets Groups To Harper: Focus More On Us, Less On Old Wars

CBC | Sophia Harris, CBC News | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada Politics

A growing number of Canadian veterans' groups are upset that the federal government is spending millions commemorating old wars while current veterans...

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

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.19.2014 | 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...