Canada Veterans

Canadian Veterans Sacrificed so We Could Have Everything

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Elizabeth Hawksworth

When you remember our veterans today, don't think of the glorification of war. Instead, think of the men and women who lost their lives, lost their limbs, lost their souls, so that you can stand here today, freely, without fear of recourse for your words.

Powerful Personal Stories Of Remembrance Told By Canada's Families

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada

A teen who changed his last name so he could enlist. A final goodbye between a father and son bridging the two world wars. A pilot who crashed in the ...

How Turnips Reminded Me of Remembrance Day and a Family Hero

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon M. Nelson

The lady who bawled me out at the grocery store made me think of my Papa. Remembrance Day was the biggest day of the year for him. In addition to marking the end of the worst nightmare in history, November 11 was his birthday and his wedding anniversary. When my Papa was alive he really looked forward to marching in the Remembrance Day parade.

How We Remember: Share Your Memories Of Family Who Served Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada

They're hidden in dusty drawers or tucked away in attics: mementos by which we remember the service of our loved ones. Maybe it's a photo of your g...

Monument Dedicated To Wounded Veterans Unveiled

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada

WHITBY, Ont. - Canada's first monument and park dedicated to wounded veterans and other uniformed personnel injured in the line of duty opened on Satu...

Canada's Biggest Security Threat Isn't What You Think

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

Recently, Canada's military has come under deliberate, sustained attack. In fact, our Forces may already have been vanquished. Not by an enemy, but by the nation it defends. Faith in Canada's support is the one thing our Forces absolutely, positively must have to be effective. But that was taken away last year, bringing the days of selflessly charging into danger to a crashing halt.

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.

$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...

Wounded Vets See 20 Per Cent Income Drop: Survey

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Two new reports paint a troubling portrait of post-military life for the country's soldiers, suggesting that for many the return to the civil...

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...

World Honours D-Day's Fallen

CP | Greg Keller And Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Politics

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France - Men who stormed Normandy's shore 70 years ago joined world leaders Friday in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops ...

How Therapy Dogs Help Veterans

CP | Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Impact

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - After three deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Dennis Swols is agitated, prone to bouts of anger and unable t...

Harper, Please Don't Make the National Day of Honour All About You

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

May 9th is a Day of Honour. Two RCAF fly-pasts and a military parade, which will salute the PM. A moment of silence, with the inevitable TV close-up of the PM. Afghanistan veterans saluting the PM. Disabled veterans presenting a flag to the PM. So who is really being honoured?

Harper, Don't Abandon Those Who Fought For You in Afghanistan

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Yes, the Canadian story in Afghanistan is mixed, with closure hard to come by for those soldiers not only involved in security details, but development projects like protecting schools, building damns, and conducting civilian peace efforts in villages. But what shouldn't be in doubt is our government's promise and dedication to those military personnel.

My Dad Didn't Talk About the War, So Here's How I Learned His Story

Martha Hall Findlay | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Martha Hall Findlay

As the last of the Canadian solders return from Afghanistan, personal stories from another war combined recently. This is a story about war, and certain Canadians who fought in World War II.

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 ...

How the Harper Government Is Honouring Our Heroes

Laurie Hawn | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Laurie Hawn

Let me be clear: It is our duty to provide services to veterans in need from the time they begin their transition to civilian life until they pass away. And of course this is not just about veterans, but their families. That includes ensuring access to a dignified funeral and burial.

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?

Harper Cares More About Dead Veterans Than Living Ones

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

There is a stark contrast between what Veterans want and need, and what the Harper Government is presenting. Veterans need benefits, pensions, enough money to live on, and assistance accessing programs. Veterans are in crisis across Canada -- mental health crisis, financial crisis, family crisis resulting from both -- and deserve help. Decorated Veterans are suing Canada for not providing for them; a shameful situation which decent people would settle quickly. What has Harper offered? No jobs, more expensive health plans, more emphasis on the depersonalized VAC web service.

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.

Veterans Made Victims Of 'Unfair' Benefits System, Ombudsman Warns

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Some Canadian soldiers given medical discharges find they don't qualify for benefits because Veterans Affairs uses different, more stringent ...

Don't Blame the Unions For Your Behaviour, Mr. Fantino

Mark Towhey | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino's behaviour towards a group of veterans last week disgusted me. And, when he blamed his behaviour on the actions of a union I became outraged. The union may very well have told the veterans a one-sided story about how their poor members are being hard done-by. That doesn't excuse the minister's behaviour. As a free public service for cabinet ministers and others in leadership roles, I'm going to offer up some completely unsolicited advice, right here, right now, at no charge. When a veteran is angry with you for being late, you say, "I'm sorry."

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.

Stop Denying Our Veterans A Dignified Funeral

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Our veterans deserve better than this. A dated criterion, initially aimed at WWII and Korean veterans is sadly, becoming less relevant to the needs of the current day. The Conservatives must step up their efforts and remodel these criteria in order to cater to the real needs of our modern-day heroes.