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Changes for veterans are only a good first step


Veterans have been airing their concerns, but in fairness to the new veterans ombudsman, we need to consider his position, which is presented here. BONNIE By Guy Parent, Citizen Special November 27, 2010 6:05 AM The announcement made by the … Continue reading

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VAC’s disgraceful manipulation of “changes” to veterans’ benefits revealed


On Saturday, November 20, the following letter-to-the-editor by Robin Brentnall, CD, appeared under David Pugliese’s “Defence Watch” column in the OTTAWA CITIZEN. In it, Robin explain’s the government’s spin on its announced changes to answer veterans’ concerns. More smoke and mirrors as … Continue reading

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Alarm bells sound for the anti-malaria drug known as mefloquine or Lariam


For years, there has been great concern about the anti-malaria drug mefloquine or Lariam as it is known by its brand name. Troops in Canada, the U.S., Holland, Australia, and Ireland especially have reported terrible adverse effects when they have been issued … Continue reading

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Veterans incensed at latest VAC backtracking on public promises — both versions captured here


J.P. Blackburn, Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs, said the Government is sticking with the lump sum benefits that replaced the former life pension for veterans with a disability. Veterans, their families and Canadians can only feel the cynicism of the … Continue reading

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Vet knocks the approach to gain VAC benefits


Once again I have invited Cpl. Kenneth H. Young CD (ret) to speak out on this blog as I encourage all veterans to use this forum as their platform. It is only through communication and discussion we can influence change. KENNETH H. YOUNG’S … Continue reading

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The fight for veterans from a military wife’s point of view


I met Sheri Skanes at the Trenton Veterans Protest Rally November 6, 2010. She co-partnered in organizing the rally and afterward, she wrote the following to the editor of Belleville’s online newspaper, EMC, on Remembrance Day November 11, 2010. Dear … Continue reading

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CFB Petawawa to get stress clinic, says Ottawa — For real or just P.R. damage control?


Commodore Hans Jung, Canada’s military surgeon general, assures the public a new “operational trauma and stress support” is due to open in the coming months at CFB Petawawa. Key to his statement is due to open. Another government promise. Do … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget


IN REMEMBRANCE …. NOVEMBER 11, 2010                           They served  to make a difference for those who cannot do it for themselves. They fought to preserve our humanity. They … Continue reading

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Someone Is Hurting — in a veteran’s own words


As Canadian Veterans Advocacy grows, I am encouraging veterans to speak up and tell their stories here, where we can collect and share experiences, from the sad to the hopeful, particularly in lieu of adequate government support. Think of it … Continue reading

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Hangman’s noose in current DND anti-malaria drug policy


I have learned that current Canadian Forces policy requires a physician or other licensed professional to customize a choice of anti-malarial treatments in consultation with their soldier-patient; as opposed to what might have been prior practices in place, such as … Continue reading

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