Parliament pay attention. This is your former soldier on a Hunger Strike. Do you let this happen to those who defend you and our country?

N.B. veteran stages hunger strike in Charlottetown

CBC News

Posted: Jun 6, 2011 3:31 PM AT

Last Updated: Jun 6, 2011 4:01 PM AT

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A New Brunswick man is staging a hunger strike in front of the national headquarters of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Charlottetown.

Fabien Melanson, a veteran from Cap Pele, N.B., said that in 2004, his benefits were deposited into someone else’s bank account for a few months.

The problem was eventually resolved and he was paid the money he was owed, but Melanson said the mix up caused him financial and emotional problems.

He said his home was in the middle of major renovations when the money was being put in the wrong account. He said that meant he could not afford to pay the contractor and had to leave his home because the furnace was removed.

His house has deteriorated since then, he said. He camped out in Charlottetown Monday to protest.

“I want a public apology from them and I want them to bring back my home as it was before in 2004,” he said.

“They only thing left is just my bones and flesh and that’s it. So I am here to give them the rest of my remains. The only thing that’s left is doing my hunger strike.”

Melanson said he is only allowing himself water and is sleeping at a friend’s house during his protest.

Melanson said he will continue with his hunger strike every day until he gets the apology and enough compensation to repair his house.

A spokesman for the department said it could not discuss the case due to privacy concerns.


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