Play about PTSDKILL ZONE A LOVE STORY will run at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax from June 12 – June 16, 2013 https://flavors.me/heattheatre#601/tumblr
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.
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The 29th Lieutenant Governor of Canada, the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, welcomed Canadian veteran Paul Nichols at the Aurora branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, today–Aug. 9, 2015–in this special National Peacekeeping Day event. Paul is making a cross-country ride on … Continue reading →
Coming Back Home and A Veteran’s Point-of-View blogs to carry on PTSD Forum as HOMECOMING VETS website retires
I was standing on the Waverley Bridge at Bowmanville, Ontario, on the Highway of Heroes as the military funeral procession passed underneath and thought, “At last Canadians are recognizing the sacrifices our military make,” and then wondered, “What about the living? … Continue reading →
In this posting, Robert Simpson explains how he began his support group and lays down the groundwork for setting up peer support that works for both veterans /military/police and their families. BONNIE ___________ HOW TO ESTABLISH YOUR SUPPORT GROUP This … Continue reading →
Robert Simpson is contributing the veteran’s experience with PTSD and his efforts to help himself heal. This is his second contribution to this series. BONNIE THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE by Robert Simpson I want to review an old … Continue reading →
PTSD FORUM Today we begin with a contribution from Dr. Dee Rajska. Our focus on this forum is to help veterans suffering from PTSD learn 1) how to cope with this condition on their own and 2) how to guide … Continue reading →
PTSD FORUM Mary K. Armstrong leads with her post in our first session in our PTSD FORUM. She is part of a team of professionals I am inviting to help our veterans suffering from PTSD. These veterans are forced to learn methods of self-help because of … Continue reading →
The number of veterans and currently serving military are more plagued with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder now that the Afghanistan War is being closed down for Americans and Canadians. In Canada, the lack of empathy within the military services … Continue reading →
In this new series, Veteran Robert Simpson represents all military people who are suffering/coping with post-traumatic stress disorder or the more modern term operational stress injury. His intent is to help you face it and understand that there is government … Continue reading →
Kenneth H. Young CD has written many times for Homecoming Vets and I am reposting his New Year’s Message for all to read. Thank you, Ken, for your steadfast love and support of your brothers and sisters, and your stalwart … Continue reading →
I would like to remind veterans that when Mike, Jeff or I ask for veteran volunteers to speak to the media, it is because we are looking for the truest and broadest information to be presented. Below is a comment … Continue reading →