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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: National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
Formerly with the Royal Signals, British veteran John Quinn, contributed these two poignant poems he discovered about homeless vets. BONNIE Through My Eyes By Brian Chenier You don’t know me or what I’ve done You don’t care where I’m from … Continue reading
To make up the gap left by bureaucratic ditherings, caring veterans and advocates are forming charitable foundations to appeal to the public for direct help. Perhaps the fastest growing organization is V.E.T.S. — Veterans Emergency Transition Services — established in 2011. … Continue reading
Today we are repeating a CTV interview with Jim Lowther, founder of V.E.T.S. (Veterans Emergency Transition Services), and his partner Roland Lawless. They are the leaders in the growing story covering homeless vets. A new Western University study has focused on 54 … Continue reading
Gary Zwicker of Halifax wrote the following article, which appeared in the Chronicle Herald August 10, 2011. It reminds us that our veterans are heroes, not burdens. Gary is the leader of the Halifax protest for the second annual Canadian … Continue reading
Do you remember when we used to look across the border to the United States and shake our heads at their social disgrace of Viet Nam vets abandoned and homeless on city streets? Well, that smug attitude has now come … Continue reading
My home computer has been unstable for most of this week and I am behind in posting Mike’s update for the Canadian Veterans Advocacy, but he et al deserve tremendous kudos for the strides they’ve made towards the group’s progress. … Continue reading