Veteran's Affairs Canada

Dallaire: Feds Failing To Help Veterans With PTSD

CBC | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Politics

Retired Lieutenant General and former Senator Roméo Dallaire says Veterans Affairs Canada isn't coming close to meeting the needs of veterans wh...

Fix Bill Giving Wounded Troops Jobs Priority: Watchdogs

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Military and veterans watchdogs are urging the Senate to fix a bill intended to give wounded ex-soldiers first crack at federal civil service...

Mercer: Harper Government Makes Vet Prove Legs Haven't Grown Back

The Huffington Post Canada | Ryan Maloney | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada Politics

By now it's clear Rick Mercer is deeply concerned about the treatment of Canada's veterans. The CBC host has addressed the topic many times in the ...

Why No One Should Join the Canadian Forces

Bruce Moncur | Posted 01.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

A Defence Department report recently tabled in the House of Commons "showed a shortfall of nearly 900 regular force members and 4,500 part-time reservists at the end of March due to higher than forecasted attrition and other factors." To put that into perspective the 5,400 less troops equates to 135 less platoons. Or 45 less companies or even 15 less battalions. So what is the root cause of this? I think there are three major flaws that are contributing to this downward spiral.

A New Face at Veterans Affairs Won't Change Harper's Failed Priorities

Frank Valeriote | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Frank Valeriote

Last week, the Prime Minister finally dropped Julian Fantino as Veterans Affairs Minister. Despite the shuffling of deckchairs at that struggling department, it is the Prime Minister who is wholly responsible for the government's failure with veterans. If the Prime Minister is committed to changing course, there are immediate steps he and his new Minister must take to show Canadians that they are finally responding to veterans' concerns.

O'Toole Taps Former MacKay Adviser For Key Role

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.12.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government's efforts to rebuild bridges with veterans appeared to ramp up Monday as newly appointed minister Erin O'Toole recruite...

Re-Open Veterans Affairs Offices, New Minister Urged

CBC | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Politics

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is calling on the new Minister of Veterans Affairs to re-open the district offices closed by outgoing minister ...

2014: The Year Canadians Saw VAC's Mistreatment of Veterans

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

2014 will go down as the year in which Canadians -- all Canadians -- truly became aware of the debacle that is Veterans Affairs. It was the year in which pictures spoke, in which talking points failed, and in which government reports were actually read. It was the year that Conservative misdirection drove increased awareness instead, thanks to Julian Fantino.

'Why He Is Still Around, I Don't Know'

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Longtime denizens of Parliament Hill know Veterans Affairs as a troublesome, thankless ministerial assignment, but it rarely generates the ki...

Fantino Must Resign: NDP, Liberals

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Julian Fantino was greeted Monday in the House of Commons by opposition demands that he step down — but how much of a political liability t...

Tories Brace For Bad News

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.24.2015 | 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 01.19.2015 | 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 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...

Head Of Space Agency Moving To Veterans Affairs

CP | Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.29.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 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-...

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?