Canadians for Accountability is helping to publicize an event being held in Calgary at Mount Royal University, organized and hosted by the Foundation for Democratic Advancement. The Forum is about what is happening to injured and/or disabled veterans and why, and giving veterans an opportunity to make their voices heard by the Canadian public. Support veterans by listening to them and working with them to help improve the quality of their lives.
517,854 (or 87.14 percent) of Canadian Forces veterans receive no service or benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada. Potentially thousands of these veterans are injured and/or disabled.
The Forum is an opportunity to learn about issues that affect us and express our views openly.
In addition to other forum activities, Mr. Sean Bruyea, former Canadian Forces captain and veterans advocate, and other veterans will make presentations, share their stories and answer questions. Sean is also a Vice-president on the Board of Canadians for Accountability
Full details for the event can be found on the Foundation for Democratic Advancement’s website.… Read the rest
Posted by Ian Bron on November 20, 2013
Veterans aren’t happy and recently-appointed Veterans Affair Minister Julian Fantino is only fanning the fire with the usual parroting of bureaucratic misinformation. How do veterans and other Canadians hold a minister and his bureaucracy accountable for spreading half-truths and misleading claims?
The first step to accountability is to uncover the truth.
The situation in the veteran community is so dire that Fantino wrote an op-ed for the National Post and also sent it out on the internet addressed to “Dear Veteran.” His open letter claims there is a “tangle of misinformation regarding how Canada treats” its veterans. His first assertion is that “a majority of Canada’s veterans receive the support and care they need.”
The truth is Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) provides programs to a mere 17 per cent of Canada’s serving and retired military members. It would be impossible for Fantino to know whether the remaining 83 per cent of veterans are indeed having their needs met since no effort is made by his department to track the “needs” of this population.
The primary focus of the minister’s op-ed is the legislation for Canadian Forces members and veterans known as the “New Veterans Charter.” He rightly points out that Parliament was unanimous in endorsing “wholesale change to veterans’ support and services” for post-World War II Canadian Forces veterans.… Read the rest
Posted by Sean Bruyea on October 23, 2013