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Bruce Moncur

Former Soldier, PSW, B.A. History, Windsorite

Bruce Moncur was born in Windsor, Ontario, and joined the military reserves in high school, during the summer of 2001. In 2006, he suffered severe injuries during Operation Medusa in a "friendly fire" incident between Canadian and American troops. After undergoing two brain surgeries and extensive rehabilitation, Moncur was released from the Canadian Forces. He recently completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in History at the University of Windsor and works as a jeweller.

Why No One Should Join the Canadian Forces

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.
01/21/2015 07:45 EST

Minister Fantino Must Resign to Restore Dignity to Veterans

For the Minister to forego meeting with some of the preeminent experts on mental health in the country gathered over three days discussing the very topic his department was deservedly admonished for is truly regrettable. There is a mental health crisis ravaging our veterans and the Minister needs to show more leadership in solving it. It's patently obvious Minister Fantino has lost his moral authority to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. We need someone who actually gives a damn about the lives of our country's veterans. It's time for him to resign!
12/03/2014 01:02 EST
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Canada's Auto Industry Thrived and Died in Windsor

Windsor, Ontario has recently been dealt another blow; Ford Motor Company has just announced that it will not be bringing the new small engine production line to the Rose City. Instead, it will be built in Mexico. The Canadian auto industry was literally created in Windsor, known as Canada's auto capital. Now there is a block-long empty GM transmission plant in the heart of the city that has a paint ball facility in it.
11/20/2014 12:59 EST

Giving a U.S. Company the Contract for Canada's Community Mailboxes Is Insult To Injury

Queen Elizabeth did not want to be the last monarch of Scotland, Lyndon Johnson did not want to be the first president to lose a war, ergo the postmaster general that has door to door mail eliminated during his tenure will go down in history as the worst to hold the position. If mail delivery to Canadian homes is eradicated on his watch, the postmaster general should be forced to resign.
10/20/2014 01:02 EDT

Soldiers, Don't Trust Canada to Bring You Home From Iraq Alive

The Canadian Forces situation is dire. Our compensation system woefully decrepit. Our government spends 1 per cent of the GDP on defense on par with Lithuania and Latvia. The equipment that soldiers use is in such a poor state that the probability of sustaining casualties is much higher. Casualties that veterans affairs can't possibly handle given the current state the department is in. The truth of the matter is Canada is about as ready for another war as the Hapsburgs were in 1914. I implore upon those deploying to Iraq to take care. I understand how much you want to deploy. You must understand that the current government support to you are hollow promises and even though you have given a blank cheque for this country the feeling is far from mutual if you return home missing pieces.
10/03/2014 03:29 EDT

One Day of Honouring Veterans Will Never Make Up For a Lifetime of Disrespect

One day of organized remembrance does not undo the actions -- or lack thereof -- of our government on every other day. If it were not for the Canadian Veterans Advocacy, I would have had no idea how to even sign up for the Day of Honour parade. The government made no attempt to contact me. When I arrived at the ceremony I did not anticipate having to march on parade. I was conflicted, and yet I fell in to ranks. They began to call out drill, but I could not bring myself to follow the word of command. Being called to attention, after all of the grief my injury caused me, was too difficult. I believe that no one is safe from a government able to do this to veterans.
05/16/2014 12:42 EDT

Why Fighting Veterans Affairs Is Like Fighting the Taliban

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.
04/07/2014 05:33 EDT

Our "Meeting" With Minister Fantino Made Me Sick

As you may or may not know this past week, I was part of a delegation of veterans that pled and begged that the designated Veterans Affairs offices earmarked for closure remain open. While preparing for the press conference, the minister entered our room. The veterans, some upwards of 85 years old, had been going non-stop for 12 hours at this point. Hungry, weary and upset at the minister's failure to materialize at the earlier scheduled meeting made the room feel like a ticking time bomb. I felt sick to my stomach and I knew this would end badly.
01/31/2014 10:08 EST

When a Solider's Personal Life Contradicts His Professional One

When I began to research Private John Bernard Croak I realized just how remarkable a man he was. Aside from the one award-winning day, all other aspects of this man's service record indicate a very poor soldier with a very serious drinking problem and issues obeying commands. That is why I want to tell you about him.
12/16/2013 12:01 EST
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Warren Buffet Is Not the Hero You Think He Is

Earlier this week, an announcement was made that the Leamington Heinz plant will be shutting its doors. To say that this plant is the pillar of Leamington is an understatement. It was announced that Heinz would be purchased by Berkshire Hathaway -- Warren Buffet's company. As the second richest man in the world, he urges his fellow one percenters to give the vast majority of their wealth away. But, while he openly donates money and berates others for their lack of action, he is also responsible for the quiet destruction of an entire community.
11/18/2013 12:29 EST

Canada, I Fought For You and You Let Me Down

For a soldier, the battle does not end once you leave the warzone. I will be fighting the effects of my injuries from "the incident" for the rest of my life, and that is why I am writing this piece. Over the past seven years I have been fighting another battle, one for a pension that befits the injury and the effects that the terrible day in Afghanistan left me with. I have sought the help of my MP, doctors, the media, the military ombudsmen, and Veterans Affairs, but they have all left me no further ahead than when I started, and with the startling conclusion that 5% of a soldier's brain is worth a mere $22,000.
11/10/2013 10:03 EST