Vétérans Canada

Ex-Ombudsman 'Gob-Smacked' It Took 5 Years To Track Homeless Vets

CP Politics | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.10.2016 | Canada Politics

Pat Stogran said he began urging individual shelters in 2009 to start collecting data and asking people whether they've had any military service.

The Tories Are Looking For A Few Good Vets (To Sing Their Praises)

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO — An email being circulated among former Canadian soldiers suggests federal Conservatives are looking for a few happy, satisfied veterans to...

Lifetime Pensions Will Be Restored For Injured Vets, Pledge Liberals

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Politics

The pledge is part of a comprehensive pitch to woo disgruntled ex-soldiers, whom the Conservatives have long considered their natural constituency.

Vets' Lawsuit Against Feds On Hold Until After Election

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - A long-running lawsuit launched by disabled Afghanistan war veterans against the federal government is off the docket until after the fede...

O'Toole Says He Doesn't Trust NDP On New Veterans Benefits Bill

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government has stuffed proposed improvements to veterans benefits into the omnibus budget bill, saying it needs to make sure it pa...

Keeping This Pledge To Vets Is Proving Easier Said Than Done

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Making sure wounded ex-soldiers — most notably amputees — don't have to repeatedly verify their injuries to retain their benefits is prov...

Veteran, 101, Tied Up After Refusing Thief's Demands

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino is expressing outrage that a Second World War veteran was robbed in his home on Thursday.Fantino iss...

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 —...

DND Reviews Policy That Ended Careers Of Wounded Soldiers

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Almost a year after facing a barrage of bad publicity, National Defence is having another look at a policy that ended the careers of gravely ...

$38.6-Million Settlement For Disabled Vets Approved

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - A Federal Court judge has approved a $38.6-million settlement for Canadian military veterans with disabilities who won a lawsuit with Ottawa...

Fantino's Tory Boosterism Challenged

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Only four of Canada's 521 severely wounded Canadian veterans might be eligible to receive up $10,000 per month in allowances and benefits und...

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 ...

Feds To Appeal Veterans' Lawsuit Ruling

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

OTTAWA - The Harper government says it intends to appeal a B.C. court ruling that cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit involving veterans of Can...

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...

Veterans Win MASSIVE Settlement From Government

CP | Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Veterans who battled the decades-long practice of clawing back military pensions have been offered up to $887.8 million by the federal gover...

Privacy Violation as a Weapon Against Veterans

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

There are many cases of privacy violation at Veterans Affairs. Those that have gone public have two things in common: they have all spoken out about VAC policy and they are all veterans. Some can prove the Minister was given their information. Some can only prove that Ministerial staff was reading their files. Why is this happening?

What Harper Needs to Do for Veterans

Quito Maggi | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

A few days ago I was on Sun News' Charles Adler show having been invited to appear to talk about Grant Humes' campaign to bring national attention to the plight of our Veterans. Remembrance Day has come and gone -- and still there has been no action by the Harper government.

The Dire Consequence of Mistreating Our Veterans

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.10.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

We all have unlimited responsibility to look after for those who serve when those damages occur. They agree to take personal damage up to, and including, giving their lives in service to us all. Yet we have been evading this responsibility for decades. Perhaps a century. If you ask around, you will find that military and police services are still largely family businesses -- the children of members will likely enlist themselves. Our recruitment forecasts count on that. So what happens when we short-change the veterans?

Veterans Minister Quietly Killed Privacy Probe

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An investigation by Canada's veterans ombudsman into a controversial breach of privacy was quietly shut down last year on the instructions of...

Final Salute? Or Final Insult?

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

OTTAWA - A federal burial fund meant to give impoverished veterans a final, dignified salute has rejected over two-thirds of the applications it's rec...

Federal Agency Slammed Over Treatment Of Veterans

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government moved quickly Monday to limit the damage of a scathing report from Canada's veterans ombudsman, who accused a review ag...

Stop Clawing Back Veterans' Benefits, Judge Tells Ottawa

CP | Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.01.2012 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - A Federal Court ruling that directs Ottawa to stop clawing back disability benefits from veterans restores a degree of dignity for former mi...

Actually, We do Take Care of Our War Veterans

Steven Blaney | Posted 06.20.2012 | Canada Politics
Steven Blaney

In a blog post, NDP MP Irene Mathyssen claimed the government isn't doing enough to support veterans. Yet while we have doubled the number of Operational Stress Injury (OSI) clinics, Mathyssen's party voted against this measure. I find it difficult to reconcile the idea of calling for more support while voting against those initiatives.

The Survey Rigged for Budget Cuts

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 05.27.2012 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

Stephen Harper is getting ready to slash 10 per cent of Veterans Affairs' budget, claiming 80 per cent of veterans and their families are very pleased with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) services. Problem is, the survey doesn't account for clients who refused to take it.

Feds Failing Veterans

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A report on how former soldiers are told whether they've qualified for disability benefits is the start of a wide-ranging look into problems ...