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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: CFB Gagetown
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
Kenneth H. Young CD often writes posts for Homecoming Vets and today he sends a message of THANKSGIVING. BONNIE Many people today wonder what there is to be thankful for but to them I say, “Stop for a minute and … Continue reading
Open and URGENT Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper re: Agent Orange investigation into use at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown
Dear Mr. Prime Minister, During my recent trip to Vietnam for the Second International Conference of Victims of Agent Orange and my subsequent guided tour of Vietnam’s children’s survivors clinics and help centers provided by, “The Vietnam Association for … Continue reading
You have all read Kenneth H. Young’s articles and know he is an upfront advocate for Canadian veterans, but few know his own story of his experience with Agent Orange. He was invited to attend a world conference about Agent … Continue reading
This is another veteran’s story of how he has had to fight a system that seeks ways to abort its responsibility to those who sign up their lives to our country. The length to which our VAC and the VRAB go to deny … Continue reading
In a recent article posted on the Canadian Veterans Advocacy website, retired colonel Pat Stogran (former Veterans Ombudsman) and Ryan Elrick, a 38-year-old former soldier who had his legs blown off by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2006 and is … Continue reading
To the Honourable Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney: When Fabien Melanson was on his hunger strike recently, I invited veterans who have not had their cases properly reviewed to submit stories about their problems. This story was submitted to me … Continue reading