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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: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Every day we seem to read more sad news. For veterans, the most shocking is the news B.C. police killed a fellow veteran in a long stand-off. For Eric Rebiere, a former RCMP constable and military veteran, he questions the validity of … Continue reading
Is the Harper gov’t. planning to disband the RCMP? The CBC has raised this question and so do many loyal mounties (retired and present members). Today’s contribution is written by Eric Rebiere (Former Cst. RCMP 37515 LSGC and military veteran).On a personal … Continue reading
A veteran peacekeeper shares some of his writings from a diary he has written as he has dealt with the suffering of PTSD. BONNIE ENTRY ONE I’ve been gone a long time, I know. How can I make you understand? It’s … Continue reading
Former RCMP officer Eric Rebiere believes that a Mountie who committed suicide could have been saved if the RCMP had a similar program to VAC’s OSI for its officers, both current and retired, suffering from PTSD. This is not the first time our … Continue reading
Eric Rebiere, former Cst. RCMP 37515 and CF Veteran, has summarized a history of the RCMP that proves it has served in war and battle conditions, thus making them combat veterans in the true sense of the word. Shirlee Engel, … Continue reading
Dear Concerned Citizens, First off, I would like all concerned to know that this is my opinion and idea on how the New Veterans Charter (NVC) can in some ways be corrected or at least transitioned without so much harm … Continue reading
Murray Brewster, a well-known journalist who covered the war in Afghanistan and witnessed what many of our veterans endured while fighting there, is accessing VRAB records and communications through the Freedom of Information Act to expose the unpardonable treatment of vets by our … Continue reading
NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW By Eric Rebiere (Former Cst. RCMP 37515 LSGC) Has their been a criminal conspiracy to illegally access personal/medical information of disabled Military and RCMP veteran(s) in the care of Veterans Affairs Canada contrary to the … Continue reading
Today I received this note from Mike Blais with the attached NDP press release. I have nothing more to add because I agree with Mike. Pictured to the right is NDP Member of Parliament, Peter Stoffer, who repeats his call for an investigation … Continue reading