I think we can deem this effort a major success as far as objectives are concerned. The last time I spoke with Minister Blaney, I urged him to fight for us, that even one percent was a victory… I also think that our collective efforts for the past month and half have borne fruit, that the many who emailed, called or spoke to their parliamentarians did make a difference, a profound difference in fact!!!!!!
You have all done a magnificent job and I truly believe without our collective efforts, the cuts would have been far more devastating than they are. Now lets keep up the good work, as noted prior to D Day, this is but a skirmish. We must continue to work on implementing comprehensive measures to ensure that the veterans at St Ann de Bellevue have the same quality of life they now enjoy and, of course, to zero in on the mission statements many outstanding issues.
We must also, as patriots, be gracious in victory and offer our sincere appreciation to Minister Blaney and the Conservatives for listening to our voice and the voicea of the national veterans stakeholders. We were all fighting for the same thing and ti would be profoundly unfair to ignore the contributions of the NATO Veterans Association, the , It would have been better for a full exclusion yet, we must be cognizant that a 1 percent hit would be far more far preferable than a a whopping 350 million catastrophic blow…
God willing, this is the beginning a new chapter in our quest for justice, for the implementation of the One Veteran, One Standard programs that acknowledge this nations life time, sacred obligation to those who stand on guard for thee.
On a personal level, I would extend my profound gratitude to everybody whop participated in their own ways. You may not think that it has an impact but I would suggest that, when one objectively considers the result, one cannot doubt that it has. I am very, very grateful.
Pro Patria Semper Fidelis
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New Veterans Charter
Saying it had to modernize to reflect the new, unwrinkled face of the Canadian veteran, the federal government revamped legislation governing benefits for retiring and disabled soldiers in 2006. The New Veterans Charter, introduced by the Liberals under Paul Martin, backed by all parties and passed by the newly elected Harper Conservatives, was designed to meet the complex needs of veterans from the war in Afghanistan.
Young soldiers didn't want to sit at home, waiting for a cheque in the mail, reasoned the government. They wanted work in civilian society and to live fulfilled lives. The Veterans Charter would provide that by offering improved counselling, vocational training and one-on-one case management.
Veterans at the time warned that the new charter would drastically cut disability payments at a time when thousands were coming home wounded from Afghanistan. The changes, critics said, were all about saving the government millions at the expense of soldiers permanently disabled in the line of duty. As it turned out, these CRITICS WERE CORRECT.
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Afghanistan Mission Stats
•39,558 Number of Canadian Afghan veterans (defined by having spent 30 or more days in-country)
•4,181 Number of veterans receiving disability benefits whose disabilities are directly related to their service in the Afghanistan mission, as of Dec. 31, 2011.
•40 Number of veterans who did five tours
•3,680 Number of female Afghan veterans (9.3 per cent of total)
•338 Approximate number of female veterans receiving disability benefits directly related to service in Afghanistan
•158 Number of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan
•82 Number of dead who were from rural communities
•579 Number of veterans with injuries related to service in Afghanistan from Edmonton, the highest of any single city
•63 Percentage of veterans who were married or in common-law relationships
•635 Number of Canadian soldiers wounded in action in Afghanistan between 2001-2011
•1,412 Number of Canadian soldiers injured in non-battle situations in Afghanistan between 2001-2011
•8 Estimated percentage of Canadian soldiers suffering Afghanistan-related PTSD
•5.2 Estimated percentage of Canadian soldiers suffering other Afghanistan-related mental health issues
Department of National Defence, Library of Parliament, Veterans Affairs Canada, Office of the Veterans Ombudsman
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Bonnie Toews is a former business journalist reporting for logistics and private security magazines and now a novelist, speaks out for the victims of genocide and war, from the peacekeepers and coalition forces trying to save suppressed peoples to the children and innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of opposing powers, ideologies and cultures. Current writing "Trilogy in Treason." Member of Military Writers Society of America, American Authors Association and ACFW.