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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.
Tag Archives: Agent Orange
It is with special privilege that I repost a blog under A VETERAN’S VOICE by Wolf William Solkin found on Canadian Veterans’ Advocacy web site. Wolf is a World War II veteran, currently residing at St. Ann’s hospital in Montréal. … Continue reading
Sometimes it is easier to be cynical and believe one person can’t make a difference, so why try? But, if everyone acted on this premise, nothing would get done. There would be no progress. Every day we make choices, and … Continue reading
Another open letter to our Veterans Affairs Minister re: inadequacies of Public Services Health Care Plan
Ken is a staunch supporter of the CVA and at his own expense traveled from BC to Ottawa on November 5th to speak out against the government’s treatment of veterans and their families exposed to Agent Orange in Gagetown over decades, … Continue reading
Nov. 5, 2011: YOU ARE THERE — 2nd Canadian Veterans’ National Protest Rally Speeches on Parliament Hill
For those who could not attend the Second Protest Rally of our Canadian Veterans in front of Parliament Hill, speeches of Mike Blais and Kenneth H. Young. BONNIE CVNDOP Parliament Hill Speech – Michael L Blais CD, Founder/President Canadian Veterans Advocacy … Continue reading
When Kenneth H. Young recently attended the Second International Conference for Victims of Agent Orange in Viet Nam, he saw the tragic aftermath for victimized Vietnamese children and relived his own horrors with Agent Orange. He wondered how long it is … Continue reading
Candid remarks from Canada’s rep, Kenneth H. Young, at the International Conference of Victims of Agent Orangfe in Viet Nam
Kenneth H. Young provides an overall summary of his impressions of the Second International Conference of Victims of Agent Orange held in Viet Nam August 8-9. The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) hosted the conference. He ponders the age-old question why … Continue reading